Warsaw is the capital of Poland and suffered greatly during World War II. Warsaw was believed to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world until the war, but by January 1945, between 85% and 90% of the buildings had been completely destroyed. Warsaw is sometimes called the Phoenix city because it was totally destroyed and then rebuilt.
Here are some fun facts, not all about war:
• Warsaw is the most congested city in Europe – Poles spend an average of 106 hours per year stuck in traffic
• The world’s narrowest 2-storey house, with a width of 1.22m, a height of 9m, and an elevation of 3 metres, is situated in the centre of Warsaw.
• Warsaw’s Lazienki Park is one of the largest palace and park ensembles in Europe, and hosts free Sunday concerts from May to October.
• Warsaw is a city of churches and monuments.
• Polish constitution was the second in the world, after the American Constitution of 1787.
• The Old Town that you can see in Warsaw isn’t the actual Old Town from before the war. The original has been completely bombed at in the 40s and Poles rebuilt it after the war using Bernardo Bellotto’s detailed paintings. That’s why now looks as it did in the 14th century, rather than the 20th.
• The 150,000-hectare Białowieża Primeval Forest in Poland is Europe’s last ancient forest and home to 800 European bison, Europe’s heaviest land animals.
What a great place and full of life, it is hard to believe most of this was demolished during the War, but even so more unbelievable that it was rebuild in the old looks.
See you soon again.