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John Paul II institute will be localized in Saski palace that is going to be rebuild soon.

Front page of the most popular Polish daily newspaper:




About the square:

Piłsudski Square

, located in the centre of Warsaw, is one of the historic places in our city. Formerly it bore the name Saski (Saxon) Square and, before the Second World War, it was called Zwyciestwa (Victory) Square.

Its central building was the Saski Palace, surrounded by the Saski Garden. This is a place connected with much of the history of Poland. On this square many demonstrations and patriotic gatherings took place. Thus, it's not surprising that during the Russian partition of Poland, it was exactly here that a large Orthodox Church was built at the end of the 19th century in order to underline the domination of the Russian Orthodox religion over Polish Catholicism.
Yet the most important event connected with Piłsudski Square was the ceremonial Holy Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II in June 1979. Thousands of Poles and millions of TV viewers heard from the lips of the great Pole the prophetic words that were directed to the Holy Spirit to change the face of the Polish earth. Ten years later communism collapsed in Poland and in all of Europe.

Thus Piłsudski Square has a symbolic meaning for Varsovians and therefore its reconstruction and its restoration to the role that it merits is so important. This means rebuilding the two palaces, which used to be the central buildings in this part of the city: the Saski and Bruhl Palaces.

Architects from Dresden appeared in Warsaw, along with the election as king of Poland of August II (1670-1733) from the Saxon dynasty, (also known as August the Strong, due to his powerful body). They began the realisation of the so-called Saska axis and the erection of the Saski palace, which was to be a decoration and symbol of the absolutism of the king. Its central part was a long colonnade; a fragment, of which makes up the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier today, which, has existed since 1925.

In front of the splendid long facade of this building, until the outbreak of the Second World War, the monument to Prince Józef Poniatowski (1763- 1813) stood. He was a Marshall of Poland and France and a friend of Napoleon I. During the Second World War, the Saski Palace fell into rubble. Only a fragment of the colonnade with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier survived. However, the monument to Prince Poniatowski today stands in front of the Presidential Palace on nearby Krakowskie Przedmieocie.

The second palace on Piłsudski Square was built in the style of the Saxon Baroque and was very decorative and full of ornaments and sculptures. This was the Bruhl Palace , which belonged to the Saxon statesman, Heinrich von Bruhl (1700-1763) advisor to King August II and later to King August III. Until the outbreak of the Second World War, this housed the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then this building met the same fate as the Saski Palace.

Piłsudski Square remained empty for years after the war. Recently the beautiful, but controversial Metropolitan office building was erected here, designed by the distinguished British architect Sir Norman Foster. Thus, the square changed its face and was partially filled with new content.
 

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Like the title of the thread says, "John Paul II institute will be localized in reconstructed Saski Palace" and Saski Palace is building #1:)

Nice photo...and this will be a great square when all work is complete:yes:
 

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^^^^^this will look awesome! :D Who is the city planner of Warszawa? The projects and the way the city is growing is great. Old architecture mixed with new in a tasteful way is the way to go :) I would like to see some statue/monument in the middle of the square however... something that looks like the statue in the old town of Warsaw; a statue on a hugh pillar :D Or as I said some kind of monument maybe;
 

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I would like to see a great big fountain in the middle of the square. Like the biggest fountain in Europe or something.
 

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A fountain would look great. Something to signify the union between historic and modern Warsaw.
 

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I believe that the idea was to locate the ministry of foreign affairs in bruhl, but not sure how everything with funding will go.

fyi the saxon palace as well as bruhl were both palaces originally belonging to the morsztyn family, a prominent varsovian family. i guess this is an older thread.
 

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Amazing city. Looks like in a few years we will have some new interesting and stylish destination in Europe. (Bearing in mind all the future skyscrapers):cheers:
 
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