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Old January 5th, 2014, 05:03 AM   #1421
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Old January 5th, 2014, 05:42 PM   #1422
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I actually think the black-ish patina on the first building looked great. Shame they decided to paint it all.
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Old January 5th, 2014, 06:15 PM   #1423
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I like it now, but I wish they would build a more grand set of stairs cascading down to the park and canal. Also, the walkways along the canal need repaving and suitable historic lamp standards.
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Old January 6th, 2014, 01:10 AM   #1424
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Warsaw - 1940
















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Old January 6th, 2014, 01:17 AM   #1425
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Old January 6th, 2014, 06:48 AM   #1426
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don't know where you find these pics, but I'm glad you do. this last set had me transfixed for some time. all of it was reduced to rubble only shortly afterwards.
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Old January 8th, 2014, 07:10 PM   #1427
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Old January 9th, 2014, 07:11 PM   #1428
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Another very well done restoration and a few other signs of add-ons (popular trend to add a floor to old buildings with setback to raise money for restorations) and maybe an ominous sign, stay tuned:

add-on and possible demolition



latest restoration and add-on of a pre-war kamienica or rather the interior courtyard half of a pre-war kamienica whose frontage was not rebuilt.

before



now - ironically, because this building was not designated as historic, the additional floors could be integrated with the existing, otherwise they would have to be awkwardly differentiated as in the building on Jasna 6 (see below). The Venice Charter voluntarily adopted by city conservators throughout the world has produced some of the ugliest buildings ever in Warsaw.







superb details





sadly, it appears that this development will also be gated, unfortunate, but vandalism is a problem and developers can't find a more creative solution to it that doesn't include the fragmentation of the city spatially through gating.

Jasna 6 - as a result of the requirement by the conservator Ewa Nekanda-Trepka for the additional floors (rebuilt) to conform to the Venice Charter and therefore reflect a signum temporis (sign of the time) design solution:



this is what the owners of the building wanted to restore:



the narrative, the story an historic building tells is now more important than it being beautiful and aesthetically integrated.

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Old January 10th, 2014, 06:22 AM   #1429
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On January 8th, about 80 drawings stolen in 1939 from Warsaw's National Museum were returned from Austria (I guess the fairies brought them there )

The collection included the original panoramic drawing shown here.




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Another interesting one.




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that's very good news, only a few hundred thousand to go

Kazanowski Palace Restorations:

The second is especially interesting given the amount of detail but also that it shows the spectacular twin towers of the huge baroque Kazanowski Palace designed by Tencalli just to the left of St. Anne's that was destroyed during the deluge (Swedish Invasion). Around 1663 the southern part of the plundered palace was given over to the Barefoot Carmelite nuns for their cloister. Each one of its towers was adorned by a gigantic acorn, one still survives in the cloister garden where the palace once stood, also most of the massive terrace on which it stood facing the Vistula still exists.

Description from Wikipedia"

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It was a large four-storied palace with a garden, enormous terrace and central courtyard[1] The alcove tops were decorated with a gilded crowns[1] The rich furnishings of the palace were described in 1646 by Jean Le Laboureur, a companion of an ambassador extraordinary of France to Poland, Madame de Guébriand. He was amazed by what he saw – a large Bacchus sitting on a barrel on wheels made of pure silver, which served as a wine vessel during the solemn banquets, gilded wooden ceilings in Venetian style filled with oil paintings, marbles, Flemish and oriental tapestries, master paintings, oriental-style treasures, precious furniture from Italy and Augsburg, silverware, a bear in a gilded cage in the front courtyard, and a large collection of musical instruments belonging to Crown Court Marshal Kazanowski's private orchestra[1] Le Laboureur wrote: Italy, which we visited after living Poland has nothing as magnificent and lordly. I admit that I was astonished and it seemed that I had been transferred to an enchanted palace.[2] His patron Madame de Guébriand noted the rooms decorated with various cupboards of the most exquisite workmanship and tables, with the most beautiful objects in gold, silver and amber, the Marshal pleased with her delight aked which piece she would like to take, and despite her protests, he and his wife send her several amber caskets.[3] Kazanowski also arranged a cabinet of curiosities (Wunderkammer) in his palace[4] and terrace garden on the escarp-side. The palace was famous not only because of its profuse furnishings but also due to central heating installed inside.[5]
Around 1819 the building passed to the charity Res Sacra Miser who hired Antonio Corazzi to redesign it. During the war the additions by Corazzi were destroyed leaving only a small part, around two floors of the original corpus of the Kazanowski palace intact. There were plans to even reconstruct this old palace post war. During renovations in 2007 two layers of polichromies were found, the oldest from the time of the original palace and the next layer from the period when the Carmelites took over and modified the surviving fragment of the palace for their needs. These are now being restored - see below.



Original polichromies from the Kazanowski Palace from 1632:









these more decorative motifs are from the original Kazanowski Palace





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Monuments

As Warsaw rapidly moves forward, it remembers the turmoil and tragedy of the 20th century, war and post-war period and honors its victims, incorporating this history into its new physical structure and culture. There are some truly evocative and beautiful monuments that commemorate this period and fittingly bury the past:

Wola Massacre





Monument to the Lost and Unconquered Victims of the Warsaw Uprising and subsequent massacre of civilians. The monument actually sits on the tumulus of 15 tons of human ashes. This tragic monument is strangely reminiscent of a recumbent Picasso Odalisque





Górczewska Street Massacre



Monument to Victims Exiled and Murdered in the East





Warsaw Ghetto Monument - these can be found throughout the Wola and Muranow District of Warsaw designating points of the ghetto wall.



Umschlagplatz Monument



These are throughout Warsaw









Monument to Children who took part in the Uprising



Monument to the Victims of Pawiak Prison





Warsaw Uprising Monument





Monument to Warsaw's brave wartime mayor Stefan Starzyński who perished in Dachau Concentration Camp



Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising



Warsaw Uprising Mound. The ruins of Warsaw were used to build this mound







amazingly poetic views from the mound of the emerging Warsaw skyline twinkling with light



Victims of Stalinist Terror









Controversial Monument to Polish-Soviet Brotherhood



Soviet Soldiers Mausoleum and Cemetary



My personal favourite - Warsaw Nike



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...now onto more cheerful subjects
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Old January 12th, 2014, 12:21 AM   #1433
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Wola Massacre

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Górczewska Street Massacre

One might think that Jesus Christ was crucified in Górczewska St
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yes Warsaw could use more irreverent monuments, maybe not as much as your comment or whimsical like the Warsaw Rainbow, all this martyrdom gets exhausting, people forget that life is to enjoy not just grieve:

Warsaw Rainbow



unfortunately it keeps getting burned by vandals:



I tried

The Warsaw Palm is faring better

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Old January 12th, 2014, 05:08 AM   #1435
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unfortunately it keeps getting burned by vandals:
Quite pathetic if you ask me. Reminds me of those ignorant racists that used to protest when the southern US began allowing Blacks into colleges. They will look even more idiotic in 20 years.
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Old January 12th, 2014, 06:43 AM   #1436
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The destruction of Warsaw was also planned by the Third Reich - Warsaw Uprising in 1944. The plan was to completely destroy buildings and townships (including Libraries). Some buildings have been rebuilt, it's been a hard and laborious task without any outside assistance....

What a shame it came to this as the history of Poland dates back as far as 966. It has provided such a rich abundance of architectural design. The majority of the iconic Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical, Rococo buildings destroyed (some twice) .....some have been rebuilt but they will never be the same as the originals although the restoration has been magnificent.

So severe was the destruction, to rebuild Poland they had to rely upon a detailed 18th century landscape of the city painted by the Italian artists Marcello Bacciarelli and Bernardo Bellotto. These paintings were used as a model to recreate most of the buildings.

Such unnecessary destruction not only of buildings but it's people (unfortunately people can never be replaced)......one thing they could not destroy was Polish people's spirit and bravery...they have defended their beloved Poland from invasions 43 times and ended the Ottoman Empire in the Battle of Vienna 1683 under King Jan III Sobieski. It is said this battle marked the historic end of the expansion of the Ottoman Empire into Europe. The Poles are a brave and resilient people and history shows this to be the case ...it's not surprising their National Anthem also reflects this. It's a bit lost in translation as in English it just doesn't sound as it does in Polish......who have to understand the Polish language to understand how deep the meaning of the words are especially in the first two lines in the first paragraph...it always give me a lump in the throat when I hear it. :gulp:

Polski Hymn Narodowy (Polish version - 1926)
"Jeszcze Polska nie zginęła,
Kiedy my żyjemy.
Co nam obca przemoc wzięła,
Szablą odbierzemy."

Polish National Anthem (English Translation)
"Poland has not yet perished,
So long as we still live.
What foreign force has taken from us,
We shall take back with the sword."

Notable Buildings and townships destroyed or destruction caused...

Warsaw Old Town
Warsaw New Town
Royal Castle
Copper-Roof Palace
Saxon Palace
Piłsudski Square
Krasiński Palace
Brühl Palace
Kotowski Palace
Ostrogski Palace

Sapieha Palace
Palace of the Four Winds
Potocki Palace
Mostowski Palace
Staszic Palace
Tyszkiewicz Palace
Kazimierzowski Palace
Ujazdów Castle
Zygmunt's Column
St. Alexander's Church

St. John's Cathedral
Jesuit Church
St. Mary's Church
Holy Cross Church
St. Casimir's Church
St. Hyacinth's Church
St. Martin's Church
Holy Trinity Church
Field Cathedral of the Polish Army
Załuski Library
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Unknownpleasures, Poland needs nuclear weapons. Nobody messes with a nation that has the capability to use nukes.
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Not so sure that's the answer rychlik...one hit and everyone disappears...time they picked on someone else (peace however is the solution)...Poland's copped its fair share of invasions however where were those to come and defend it?...yeah they just did a bit and moved on!... Fancy not doing anything when it was handed over to the Soviet Union!! The idea of trying to destroy this nation has had it's toll...the greed for power was prevalent back then and what happened in WW2 was inexcusable! However the country and its people have suffered and have moved on also...but they will never forget!
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A.k.a. Ten *****' Monument
...and one c.unt here on the forum.

But what can one expect from a little immoral Jewish troll trying to ridicule the monuments of Polish martyrdom.

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How lovely. So you just registered to insult Mruczek haven't you? Apage satana to you indeed in other words why don't just get lost?
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