Top 5 of Warsaw Pre-War Buildings

11palac-w-wilanowie1. Wilanów Palace

Wilanów Palace is one of the most precious monuments of the Polish Baroque period. It was built by the Polish King Jan III Sobieski at the end of the XVII-th Century according to Agostino Locci`s design. It was rebuilt through the centuries by the subsequent owners. It`s a typical “entre cour et jardin” residence: between a courtyard and garden. The elevations are full of mythological symbolism and ancient allegories that are meant to glorify Jan II Sobieski and his wife Maria Kazimiera. It is surrounded by a beautiful park and historical buildings that were incorporated with the surrounding the royal village…read more

Adress: Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16


wizytki2. Visitation Church

It`s an another pearl of the Warsaw Baroque period, and one of the greatest in Poland. The Visitationists (Salesian Sisters) were brought to Poland by Queen Maria Ludwika Gonzaga. First church built in the XVII-th century was made of wood and it burnt quickly. The present church was built in the XVIII-th Century. Its facade is a real masterpiece with pairs of columns in two depths creating light and shading effects. It was painted by Bernardo Bellotto callled Canaletto, the royal court painter of last Polish King Stanisław August Poniatowski. Inside you can see its Rococo pulpit in a rear form of a boat...read more

Adress: ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 34


kosciol-sw-anny3. Saint Ann Church

This amazing church has been rebuilt through ages since the XV-th Century. It contains the largest number of architectural styles of all the buildings in Warsaw. There are parts from the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Classicism and Neo-Renaissance periods. The interior is very rich and colorful. The walls are covered with illusionist paintings. The monastery`s gallery (through the door on the right of the altar) contains the only crystal vault in Warsaw. Here you can find a XVIII-th Century pulpit and the Renaissance “Władysława z Gielniowa” Chapel including a dome located at the left of the altar. If you are here, it is worth visiting the top of the bell tower where you can admire some amazing views of  Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy) the city of Warsaw…read more

Adress: ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 68


bristol4. Bristol Hotel

London has the Ritz, Paris has the de Crillon, New York has the Plaza and Warsaw…has the Bristol. This is Warsaw’s oldest and most elegant hotel. It was built between 1898 and 1901 just next to the Presidential Palace. It was designed by Władysław Marconi in Neo-Renaissance style with Art-Novou interiors. It has hosted such famous guests as John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth II, the Emperor of Japan, Sofia Loren, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Woody Allen, Placido Domingo and Bill Gates. Maria Skłodowska-Curie celebrated her award of the Nobel Prize here, even though it was rumored that she was looking forward for party to be over. Polish tenor, Jan Kiepura who achieved international fame during the period between the wars, sang from Bristol Hotel`s balcony…read more

Adress: Krakowskie Przedmieście 42/44


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5. Presidential Palace

The palace’s construction began in 1643 by Polish aristocrat Stanisław Koniecpolski. It was designed by Constantino Tencalla, the royal architect of Polish King Władysław IV.  It was rebuilt through the centuries in different styles. Here in February 1818 Frederic Chopin gave his first public concert at the age of 8 years old. Around the same time the palace was rebuilt in a Classicist style by Chrystian Piotr Aigner and since then the building has not changed. Lions statutes from its front are dated 1821 and they were designed by Camillo Laudini…read more

Adress: Krakowskie Przedmieście 46

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