warsaw

Museum of the History of Polish Jews

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This lively ceiling is in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, one of the most interest and modern museum’s that I have ever visited. The ceiling is a replica of a synagogue ceiling. By a strange coincident we visited on 1 September, which was the anniversary of the invasion of Poland; 1 Sep 1939 – the beginning of the second world war.

Just around the corner is Mila 18 which played a significant role in the Warsaw Ghetto.

The Chess Room in Warsaw Castle

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I call this room the chess room. Partly because I don’t know its real name, but also because the floor reminds me of a chess board. But what astonishes me is the attention to detail. The room is full of wonderful artworks, goldleaf on the walls, wood panelling…whereever you look there is something new to see.

The room is in Warsaw Castle, and is one of the few that doesn’t have a parquet floor.`

Swietokrzyski Bridge

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The Swietokrzyski Bridge (don’t ask me to pronounce that – it means Holy Cross) is a suspension bridge across the Vistula river in Warsaw. I took these two pics when I went for an afternoon run to explore the city. I love the converging lines that the support cable create as they climb to meet in the sky.

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Warsaw Barbican

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The Warsaw Barbican was created as the city gate in the 1500’s as part of a general repair of the city walls. It was designed by Jan Baptist, a Venetian. You can clearly see the Venetian style in the design. The irony is that the city walls became useless almost as soon as they were repaired. This was due to modern cannon which could blow straight through the walls.

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There’s a great Wikipedia article if you want to find out more.

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