Warsaw Old Town

19 October 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, UNESCO World Heritage

Castle Square © Adrian Grycuk/cc-by-sa-3.0-pl

Castle Square © Adrian Grycuk/cc-by-sa-3.0-pl

The Warsaw Old Town is the oldest part of Warsaw, the capital city of Poland. It is bounded by the Wybrzeże Gdańskie, along with the bank of Vistula river, Grodzka, Mostowa and Podwale Streets. It is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Warsaw. The heart of the area is the Old Town Market Place, rich in restaurants, cafés and shops. Surrounding streets feature medieval architecture such as the city walls, the Barbican and St. John’s Cathedral. Warsaw’s Old Town has been placed on the UNESCO‘s list of World Heritage Sites as “an outstanding example of a near-total reconstruction of a span of history covering the 13th to the 20th century.   read more…

Portrait: Marie Curie, physicist and chemist

26 September 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Portrait

Marie Curie

Marie Curie

Marie Skłodowska Curie, born Maria Salomea Skłodowska was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences, and was part of the Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris.   read more…

Theme Week Warsaw – College of Europe

1 September 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: European Union, General, House of the Month, Universities, Colleges, Academies

College of Europe © Diderotresurrected/cc-by-sa-4.0

College of Europe © Diderotresurrected/cc-by-sa-4.0

The College of Europe (French: Collège d’Europe) is an independent university institute of postgraduate European studies with the main campus in Bruges in Belgium. It was founded in 1949 by such leading European figures and founding fathers of the European Union as Salvador de Madariaga, Winston Churchill, Paul-Henri Spaak and Alcide De Gasperi in the wake of the Hague Congress of 1948 to promote “a spirit of solidarity and mutual understanding between all the nations of Western Europe and to provide elite training to individuals who will uphold these values” and “to train an elite of young executives for Europe.” It has the status of “Institution of Public Interest”, operating according to Belgian law. Since 1993 the college has also had an additional smaller campus in Natolin in Poland. Students are usually selected in cooperation with their countries’ ministries of foreign affairs, and admission is highly competitive. The number of students each year used to be very low—for several decades less than 100—but has increased since the early 1990s. The College of Europe is bilingual, and students must be proficient in English and French. Students receive a master’s degree (formerly called Diploma and Certificat) following a one-year programme. Traditionally, students specialise in either European law, international economics (i.e., European economic studies), or European political and administrative studies; in recent years, additional programmes have been created.   read more…

Theme Week Warsaw – Museum of the History of Polish Jews

1 January 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month, Museums, Exhibitions

© Wojciech Kryński/cc-by-sa-3.0-pl

© Wojciech Kryński/cc-by-sa-3.0-pl

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (Polish: Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich) is a museum on the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto. The Hebrew word Polin in the museum’s name means, in English, either “Poland” or “rest here” and is related to a legend on the arrival of the first Jews in Poland. The cornerstone was laid in 2007, and the museum was first opened on April 19, 2013. The museum’s Core Exhibition opened in October 2014. The museum features a multimedia narrative exhibition about the vibrant Jewish community that flourished in Poland for a thousand years up to the Holocaust. By the middle of the 1930s, Poland had the largest Jewish minority in Europe, with a share of about 10% of the total population. The building, a postmodern structure in glass, copper, and concrete, was designed by Finnish architects Rainer Mahlamäki and Ilmari Lahdelma.   read more…

Theme Week Warsaw – The Palace of Culture and Science

31 July 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks

© Stanislav Kozlovskiy/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Stanislav Kozlovskiy/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw is the tallest building in Poland, the sixth tallest building in the European Union. The building was originally known as the Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science, but in the wake of destalinization the dedication to Stalin was revoked; Stalin’s name was removed from the interior lobby and one of the building’s sculptures. Currently it is the 187th tallest building in the world.   read more…

Theme Week Warsaw – The Polonia Palace Hotel

28 July 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels

© poloniapalace.com

© poloniapalace.com

The Polonia Palace is a unique hotel in central Warsaw: boasting a long history, it has survived war and political crises with dignity, and today stands as a symbol of the best of both old and new Warsaw. The hotel is an easy walk from Warsaw’s shopping districts and financial centers, and enjoys an enviable location it is directly opposite the Palace of Culture and Science, and offers its guests an unimpeded view of this landmark building.   read more…

Theme Week Warsaw – The National Stadium

1 June 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month, Sport

National Stadium in Warsaw © Pjahr

National Stadium in Warsaw © Pjahr

The National Stadium (Polish: Stadion Narodowy) is a football stadium located in Warsaw. It is used mostly for football matches and it is the home stadium of Poland national football team.   read more…

Overview Theme Weeks

27 December 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Theme Weeks In irregular intervals we publish Theme Weeks about cities, regions, and countries. Here you can find the complete list.   read more…

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Theme Week Warsaw

15 February 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, Theme Weeks, UNESCO World Heritage

© DocentX

© DocentX

Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. It is located on the Vistula River roughly 260 kilometers (162 mi) from the Baltic Sea and 300 kilometers (186 mi) from the Carpathian Mountains. Its population as of June 2010 was estimated at 1,716,855, and the Warsaw metropolitan area at approximately 2,785,000. The city area is 516.9 square kilometers (199.6 sq mi), with an agglomeration of 6,100.43 square kilometers (2,355.4 sq mi) (Warsaw Metro Area – Obszar Metropolitalny Warszawy). Warsaw is the 9th largest city in the European Union by population.   read more…

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