The historic centre of Warsaw, the Polish capital suffered immensely during the Second World War, but managed to rebuild and grow.
The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.
- Full name of site: Historic Centre of Warsaw
- Country: Poland
- Date of Inscription: 1980
- Category: Cultural site
UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 30:
“During the Warsaw Uprising in August 1944, more than 85% of Warsaw’s historic centre was destroyed by Nazi troops. After the war, a five-year reconstruction campaign by its citizens resulted in today’s meticulous restoration of the Old Town, with its churches, palaces and market-place. It is an outstanding example of a near-total reconstruction of a span of history covering the 13th to the 20th century.”
I visited the Polish capital shortly before Christmas in 2013 and enjoyed it. Sure, it is a big city with modern malls, high-rises, fancy office buildings and boring residential areas. What pulled me to Warsaw was the Old Town. I stayed there, and I walked the streets amazed by the fact that it looked old, but is not.