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Protecting Warsaw

The mermaid of Warsaw stands on the banks of the Vistula river, providing protection for the city. She has been on the city cost of arms at least since the 1300’s, but nobody really knows the full history, but the main story has it that she was swimming in the river, paused on the riverbank to rest and decided to stay..

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Here she is on Old Town Square; if you look carefully you can find her image all over the city.

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Legend has it that the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen is the Warsaw mermaid’s sister.

Read all about her.

Warsaw Castle

Here is another of the beautiful rooms in Warsaw Castle; the parquet floors are just amazing. Note the king’s throne in the middle of the wall.

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Warsaw Uprising Memorial

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The Warsaw Uprising Memorial commemorates the uprising in the Warsaw in 1944, which was a final stand by the Polish resistance as the German forces retreated and the Soviet forces advanced. It was a brutal 63 days (the longest military engagement by a resistance movement – ever!) during which Germany retreated but the Soviets did very little to assist. In fact the Soviets stopped their advance to allow the Germans to raze the city before they left.Cds IMG 3128

This memorial reminds us how important the sewers were to the resistance in being able travel through Warsaw undetected.

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