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Old December 7th, 2010, 11:35 AM   #181
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Beautiful, very nice updates from Wroclaw
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Old December 7th, 2010, 03:48 PM   #182
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wow, very beautiful city and very, very beaufitul pictures! Congratulations.
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Old December 7th, 2010, 03:55 PM   #183
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Very beautiful city. I have heard a lot about Wroclaw from my friends, and hopefully one day I will visit this beautiful city.
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Old December 7th, 2010, 05:46 PM   #184
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Ehhh..... Maybe if they destroy the commie blocks which make up for 20% of the old town and....Actually, nope, Wrocław will never be like Prague. Maybe if WWII never happened it might have.
Wroclaw doesn't have to be another Prague.

This whole world is so huge that there is a place for both; Wroclaw and Prague.
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Old December 7th, 2010, 05:50 PM   #185
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Wow, what a beautiful city! I do love the style of architecture that the Hotel Monopol has.
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Old December 7th, 2010, 07:42 PM   #186
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Wroclaw - a place where You can find thousands of houses that were built in the 19th century.

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"Katedralna" street. It's diffcult to believe, but the church on the right is places on the other side of the river.
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Old December 7th, 2010, 08:01 PM   #187
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Christmas in Wroclaw.

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Marina once again.

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"Most uniwersytecki" bridge and the lovely view.
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Old December 7th, 2010, 08:18 PM   #188
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331.

"Kosciol NMP na Piasku" church.

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"Ogród Japonski" Japanese garden once again.

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"Teatr Lalek" theatre.
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Old December 7th, 2010, 08:31 PM   #189
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334.

"Ulica Świdnicka" street.

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"Ulica Prusa" street.

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"Plac Uniwersytecki" square. Should You come to Wroclaw, You'll find it as one the most beautiful squares in the city.
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Old December 7th, 2010, 09:29 PM   #190
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How much of this city was actually destroyed in WWII? It looks like most buildings survived quite intact.
~70% of the entire city were destroyed, the southern and western suburbs up to 90%. What you see here are actually "only" 40% of the former old town. The rest of the old town, the eastern part, was more or less leveled during and after the war (when construction material for Warsaw was needed).
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Old December 8th, 2010, 02:09 PM   #191
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337 Market square


338 Kiełbaśnicza street


339 Market square/Solny square
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Old December 8th, 2010, 02:10 PM   #192
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340 Świdnicka street


341 Świdnicka street again
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Old December 8th, 2010, 03:04 PM   #193
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Old December 9th, 2010, 06:24 PM   #194
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~70% of the entire city were destroyed, the southern and western suburbs up to 90%. What you see here are actually "only" 40% of the former old town. The rest of the old town, the eastern part, was more or less leveled during and after the war (when construction material for Warsaw was needed).
70 % refers to the number of buildings that were somehow "touched" by war.

It does not differentiate these which were destroyed in 100 % from those that were destroyed only in 10 %.

I estimate ( I' ve done some studies in this direction ) that about 30-40 % of the pre-war buldings vanished completely from the map of Wroclaw.

I also think that about 20-30 % of the pre-war building survived, but in a different shape (reconstructions, renovations, etc.)

The rest survived the war without greater changes.

As for the old town ... before the war there were circa 700 buildings. Circa 500 buildings survived the war in the state that allowed reconstruction. However, Communists destroyed over 100 of them and now there are "only" 370 buildings that "remember" Breslau times.

So as You can see 50 % (slightly over 50 %) of the Old Town survived.
What's interesting, is the fact that the West side (the richer) of the Old Town survived in 70-80 %, and the East side in 20-30 % so as You can see (or will see, hopefully ) the old town looks quite .... hmmm .... symmetrically ;p

The west side is truly old, while the east side is full of commie blocks and the remains of Breslau
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Old December 9th, 2010, 06:39 PM   #195
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I have oftne seen the word destroyed not clearly defined when describing war damage. It could mean burned out with outer srtucture intact as in the case of many buildings in Warsaw or it could mean flattened or obliterated. They should use the word damage instead and define to what extent, like 50 or 75%, 100% damage would imply destroyed. When I visited Wroclaw, I was surprised how intact it looked with few gaps along most streets in certain areas. In Warsaw some areas Warsaw is full of commie blocks like East Wroclaw but the large areas are intact with only a few gaps here and there while the old town although severely and deliberately destroyed along with its cultural treasures upon closer inspection did have some pockets where buildings survived fully intact or at least their outer structure was intact. As in the case of Wroclaw communists did serious damage to surviving buildings that could have been rebuilt after the war, entire streets were bulldozed to turn Warsaw into a more provincial city befitting the capital of a puppet Soviet state.
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Old December 10th, 2010, 08:15 PM   #196
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Wroclaw looks very intact in its northern or eastern parts. It was the southern and the western parts that were destroyed almost completely during the war (I'm not talking about the old twon now).

What is very interesting about Wroclaw is the fact that its center is surrounded by a lot of districts which look like separate small towns (with their market squares, main streets, churches etc). Major part of them survived the war and were incorporated to Wroclaw after the war (some even before it), however they didn't lose their small town look.

It's like having differen 20 towns in one city. Very interesting.
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Old December 10th, 2010, 08:59 PM   #197
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I wish someone would send pics of those "small towns" sounds very interesting.
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Old December 11th, 2010, 09:13 AM   #198
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I wish someone would send pics of those "small towns" sounds very interesting.
Well, you could look here:
http://www.wroclaw.hydral.com.pl/1,miasto.html

Seriously, this is one of the best sites ever!
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Old December 11th, 2010, 10:31 AM   #199
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Despite the fact that it's destroyed, it's beautiful somehow.

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It's what I call THE modernism

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Those who like quiet and calm areas should visit the eastern part of Wroclaw
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Old December 11th, 2010, 10:44 AM   #200
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346.

"Kosciuszki" street.

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Welcome to the Old town.

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Odra river during summer.
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