Warsaw is the largest and capital city of Poland. Its name in Polish language is Warszawa. The bustling city is located on the Vistula River. The city is known for its rich culture, scenic beauty, and its historic buildings, streets, and churches.
Facts About Warsaw
Warsaw Old Town is regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980. The area was rebuilt after the World War II and is famous for the stunning paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Warsaw was completely destroyed during World War II and had to be rebuilt completely during the period of 1950 – 1970s. Hence, it’s also known as the Phoenix City.
The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, standing tall at 237 meters, is the tallest building in Poland. It was gifted to Poland by the Soviet dictator, Stalin. It also boasts of one of the tallest clock towers in the world.
It is believed that cheese was produced in the Warsaw region almost 7,500 – 8,000 years ago.
Warsaw is one of the most congested cities in Europe with almost 40% congestion level. It is estimated that people here spend almost 106 hours every year in traffic.
The Keret House, a 2-storey house, is the narrowest house in the world. The fully functional house is built in a gap between two buildings. The minimum width is 92 cm and maximum is 152 cm.
The Mermaid is a symbol of the city and is represented on the city’s coat of arms and numerous statues. A legend says that a fisherman had freed a mermaid from a rich merchant and hence she promised to protect the city and its residents.
The Zachęta National Gallery of Art is the largest contemporary art gallery in Poland. It boasts of an amazing collection of Polish art and also one of the oldest showrooms.
Fryderyk Chopin, a famous composer, was a proud resident of the city. He had wished that his heart should be buried in Warsaw. Though he passed away in Paris, but he was buried in the Holy Cross Church.
Warsaw features one of the first opened public libraries in the world. It opened in 1747.
Łazienki Park, covering an area of 188 acres is the largest park in Warsaw. Apart from its stunning beauty, it is also famous as a venue for several music and art festivals.
Ignacy Łukasiewicz invented the first modern street lamp in 1853. You may say these kerosene lamps until today in a few streets in Warsaw.