Old Town Market Square, Warsaw

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Established in the late 13th century around the time the city itself was founded, Old Town Market Square served as the commercial and cultural heart of Warsaw for several centuries. The large public space hosted regular fairs and occasional executions. One of the city's great survivors, the square was bombed in 1939 and destroyed in 1944 after the Warsaw Uprising. The houses surrounding the square, painstakingly restored in the years following World War II, blend Renaissance and Baroque architectural styles. The square also features the city's main historical museum and is a natural starting or ending point for your tour of the city. Put Old Town Market Square into our Warsaw holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 19, 2017
    Totally surprised by the old town in Warsaw, nicely surprised. For some reason I was expecting a new modern town. But as they totally rebuilt the old town as it was its a definite must for a Warsaw vi...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    Maybe a little too many restaurants which are the corollary, but also contribute to the holiday atmosphere. Read up or get an explanation by a guide, the reason of the statue in the middle of the square, which represents the siren, hence the name of the city, according to the beautiful legend which will make further magical visit.
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  • August 18, 2017
    A large square that is the mass of the people, around the pub. Nothing captivates, does not deter. It is worth to delve a little further into the narrow streets of the old town.
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