One of the recent countries to join the European Union, Poland is undergoing a huge transformation, now that it has thrown off decades of communist programming. From it’s medieval city centers to modern skyscrapers and vast countryside, the new Poland has so much to offer the visitor. Whether you come for a historical tour, a religious pilgrimage, or a taste of Polish culture, you will find a warm welcome in Poland. The Hip Guide to Poland offers highlights of the country, and contains many tips for making your stay here more rewarding.
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When arriving in Old Town Warsaw, the most striking building you will see is the Royal Castle. This was the ancient residence of the Mazovian and Polish Kings, and the seat of the Sejm during the Commonwealth.
The Royal Castle was blown up by the Nazis in 1944.
According to the castle’s website, "the plan to rebuild the Castle failed to win approval from the Communist authorities for many years.The decision to reconstruct it finally was made in 1971, rewarding the attempts of the nation’s intellectual elite to recreate this symbol of Polish statehood."
The reconstruction of the Castle was funded privately, not by the government. The interior being furnished with original works of art that had been rescued before the Castle’s destruction.
They also go on to say that "the Castle is a prime monument of national history and culture. Each year hundreds of thousands of visitors enrich their knowledge of history and deepen their aesthetic appreciation within its walls. It provides the setting for cultural events and official state ceremonies, as well as visits by figures from international political life."
Visiting here will give you a glimpse of the royal splendor that existed in the past, in Poland.
Begun in 1916, the National Museum in Warsaw was completely rebuilt and reorganized in 1995. The traditional prewar names of museum units were reintroduced and the Sculpture Collection was renewed. There is a new Collection of East Christian and Byzantine art.
The opening of new permanent galleries, the Gallery of Italian Painting and a reorganized Gallery of Ancient Art, occured in the year 2000. Continue reading →