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Old August 24th, 2011, 06:48 AM   #441
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Old August 24th, 2011, 06:58 AM   #442
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This church looks much different now.



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Old August 24th, 2011, 07:03 AM   #444
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Old August 24th, 2011, 07:10 AM   #445
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Old August 24th, 2011, 06:11 PM   #446
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This church looks much different now.
I think they renounced about the neoGothic form and the original brick-Gothic facade was reconstructed.
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Thanks for visiting folks. Yes, St. John's was rebuilt in the earlier Mazovian Gothic style. A portion of the walls on the northern nave and presbyterium and the Chapel of Christ and the altar surivived the destruction. Many of the gothic bricks used in reconstruction were salvaged from the ruins, the rest came from a special gothic brickworks in Bydgoszcz. The ruins were literally sifted for anything salvageable. Especially noteworthy is that the vaulting was reconstructed using the same techniques and methods of construction used when first constructed in the middle ages. A number of tombstones and epitaphs, a baptismal font from 1631, monument to Stanislaw Malachowski and hundreds of smaller elements. The original frieze that adorned a band under the cornice of the earlier githic structure was reconstructed based on original segments found in the ruins.

Post war reconstruction (by Jan Zachwatowicz)



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Old August 25th, 2011, 01:26 AM   #448
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Just to add to that; the "original" form to which this cathedral was reconstructed is basically an imagined one. No original documentation survived to this day which could provide enough details with respect to proportion, size, articulation of materials etc. It was partially inspired by the Mazovian Gothic style and by the style of building further downstream near Torun. Anthony Tung's book Preserving the World's Greatest Cities does a great job of detailing this!
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Cool!
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Thanks for visiting folks. Yes, St. John's was rebuilt in the earlier Mazovian Gothic style. A portion of the walls on the northern nave and presbyterium and the Chapel of Christ and the altar surivived the destruction. Many of the gothic bricks used in reconstruction were salvaged from the ruins, the rest came from a special gothic brickworks in Bydgoszcz. The ruins were literally sifted for anything salvageable. Especially noteworthy is that the vaulting was reconstructed using the same techniques and methods of construction used when first constructed in the middle ages. A number of tombstones and epitaphs, a baptismal font from 1631, monument to Stanislaw Malachowski and hundreds of smaller elements. The original frieze that adorned a band under the cornice of the earlier githic structure was reconstructed based on original segments found in the ruins.
This is the very essence of good reconstruction, IMO. It gives a building so much more authority as a historical structure if that sort of care and attention goes into the details.

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Warsaw 1959.
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I found this picture interesting.
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Let's go across the river to the Praga district of Warsaw. This district has survived more or less intact and is regaining some of it's charm. But a lot still has to be done. The district is popular with artists and the rents much cheaper then in other parts of Warsaw.









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I hope they pretty this up soon.



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This church was rebuilt.
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Are there any photos of the central station as a ruin? What was the reason for not having been reconstructed?
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Are there any photos of the central station as a ruin? What was the reason for not having been reconstructed?
Unfortunately, there wasn't much left of that central train station and actually it was not totally finished prior to the outbreak of war. At the beginning of the Soviet occupation after the war it was decided that the old bourgeois downtown around the station would also not be rebuilt and in its place the megalomaniac Stalin's plan of a huge cultural complex and massive parade grounds were built here. A new central train station was not built until the mid 70's

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Warsaw's 1970's central train station is now considered an icon in its own right and is being restored:

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Old September 1st, 2011, 05:12 AM   #459
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I'm still not a fan of this train station. The interior looks quite nice now but the exterior design is not too pleasing to the eye. I don't get some people who admire this "iconic" communist era structure. They should tear it down and build something fantastic (example: the new Katowice train station project):







They've already begun construction. This is the kind of project Warsaw needs. Almost all of Poland goes through the Central station in Warsaw.


Or just build a skyscraper over it, and have the station underneath it.
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Some juxtaposition, a reminder.

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