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Old March 18th, 2013, 03:32 PM   #1181
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It looks like a beautiful space. Does the museum occupy the whole section of buildings as it did previously?
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Old March 18th, 2013, 05:24 PM   #1182
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it has expanded considerably into the original basements only the Dekert side of the Old Market Square.
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 06:22 PM   #1183
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 09:07 PM   #1184
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There is a mistake here. "Before" German soldiers are marching along Marszałkowska, southbound (i.e. to lower numbers). Buildings have odd numbers. "Wedel" house is Marszalkowska 109 (at the corner of Chmielna)...:


and, on the "Before" picture", there are ruins of Marszalkowska 105 and 107 in front of 109 (victims of 1939 bombardment of Main Station nearby).

The second picture shows DT Centrum (even numbers, Marszałkowska 104/122).

But no problem anyway Taking a photo of what is today on the spot of the German column (view on empty Plac Defilad, car parks and ugly eternal stopgap around) would be harmful for Warsaw P.R.
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 09:53 PM   #1185
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Can someone delete these stupid tags?
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 11:57 PM   #1186
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 12:15 AM   #1187
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Sorry, I was in a rush and forgot to say that I deleted them.

Next time please pm the local mods instead, that way we will avoid OT discussion like this.
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It appears there was a church beside the Royal Castle but later torn down.

From the XVIII century.




From 1854.
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Rebuilding the Royal Castle

1973 or 1974









Final phase of the exterior. I believe the interior took much much longer to finish.
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 10:22 PM   #1190
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German "house keeping". I wonder what they were looking for?
Jewish home, Warsaw 1939.

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Old March 23rd, 2013, 10:28 PM   #1192
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Child soldier during Warsaw Uprising.

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Old March 24th, 2013, 07:11 AM   #1193
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Interesting. He's got fireman's helmet on.
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Old March 25th, 2013, 12:15 AM   #1194
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(...) Final phase of the exterior. I believe the interior took much much longer to finish.
The shell was nearly finished in 1974. The Clock on the tower was turned on July 19th, 1974, precisely at 1115 CET (that was to commemorate the event from Sept 17th, 1939, when the castle was bombed by the Luftwaffe, set on fire and the clock stopped working at 1115 CET).

Raw state completed in 1979, the finishing works completed in 1988. The official re-opening of the Castle took place on Aug 30th, 1984
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Old March 25th, 2013, 12:41 AM   #1195
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but really the castle is still a work in progress, lots more restorations of lesser known areas and of course furnishings...maybe the Russians will return some of the original furnishings some day from the partition era.

does anyone know what happened to the castle furnishings during the war, was any of it salvaged. I have read differing things, maybe some experts on this subject could add something. thanks
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Old March 25th, 2013, 06:10 AM   #1196
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but really the castle is still a work in progress, lots more restorations of lesser known areas and of course furnishings...maybe the Russians will return some of the original furnishings some day from the partition era.
Well, in 1988 they officially finished interiors of the restored Castle and somewhere in 1988 the works on the renovation of the Royal Stables have already started. And before the works on the Royal Stables finished (2010 or so), the "eldest" parts of the Castle (Stanislaw's Library and Weddings Palace - both rebuilt in 1960s) were in need of renovation. It's never-ending-story

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does anyone know what happened to the castle furnishings during the war, was any of it salvaged. I have read differing things, maybe some experts on this subject could add something. thanks
You have to check up:


IIRC most of the furnishing were removed in 1940. The most precious objects were probably taken to Germany and vindicated after the war. Those, which didn't present much value to Germans were probably nicked by the Castle employees, and hidden somewhere afterwards. Approximations of Zachwatowicz from 1949 said that there was enough pieces of interior to reconstruct accurately 60% of rooms.

P.S. I found v. interesting witness: brochure written in 1941-42 and published in the UK. View on the castle from the time, when the ruins were still hot:
http://halat.pl/the_German_Kultur_in...ARSAW%20CASTLE
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Restoration of Praga (Right Bank Warsaw)

Momentum is building to save Praga. Praga or right bank Warsaw has more original architectural treasures from the turn of the 19th century than any other part of Warsaw as well as original structures from as far back as the 18th century. Unscathed by war because the Soviet army was stationed on that side safely watching the dramatic destruction of Warsaw unfolding, it now faces development pressure due to the extension of the 2nd metro line into the district. Sadly it is falling into decay and is becoming a victim of the greed of some unscrupulous developers and speculators who do not care for the inherent value of these beautiful and varied kamienice. Many champions are starting to step up, among them varsavianistas and more and more local residents. In context with Europe's and especially Poland's turbulent history, Praga is a rarity deserving of UNESCO World Heritage status.

Praga is located on the right-bank of the River Vistula. Its history goes back over five hundred years. At the beginning, Praga was an autonomous settlement that was given city status in 1648 and then became part of Warsaw in 1791. Today, "Praga’s exquisite charm and vivid artistic scene attract crowds of Varsovians and tourists alike."

For more info on Praga visit:

http://www.warszawskapraga.pl/en/

I am highlighting both areas that have undergone restoration over the post war era and those in dire need of it (and at risk of being lost) as well as areas of infill that complete a street face.

Sorry the article below is only in Polish. Very encouraging. I will post some pics of Praga highlights shortly to document the part of Warsaw that survived the war but that is now deteriorating due to neglect and unscrupulous developer practices.

http://www.rdc.pl/informacje/praskie...awa-posluchaj/













so many buildings stripped of their details by overzealous commies





the house where Janusz Korczak once lived











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