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Mike's Adventure to Poland - 2002

Part 3: Nowy Swiat

We went out the next day to walk around the streets of Warsaw.  We made our way to the "old town" along an avenue called "Nowy Swiat" which means "new world."  It looks like any other European avenue (especially like something from Vienna or Salzburg).  Yet, go a block in either direction, and you see all the traditional Communist architecture - gray concrete block structures.

Nowy Swiat streetview
The beautiful street of Nowy Swiat...

Communist bloc buildings
and the ugly gray concrete buildings a block away.

Copernicus statue
The statue of Copernicus on Nowy Swiat.

Staszica Palace
The Staszica Palace behind the Copernicus statue.

Presidential Palace
This is called: Palac Prezydencki, Radziwill Palace, or the Namiestnikowski Palace, depending on who you talk to.  It now houses the president's offices and is the president's official reesidence.

Church of the Holy Cross
The Church of the Holy Cross.  The Pope gave mass here in September 2002.  Chopin's heart resides within this church.

Holy Cross Church Statue
You can't really see it, but the bullet holes from World War II are visible at the base of this statue from the Holy Cross church, which shows its authenticity.  If you see something without damage from the war, it is likely a replacement.

Church along Nowy Swiat
One of the many churches along Nowy Swiat.

We saw lots of signs commemorating the various visits of "Jan Pawel II".  The Pope and Lech Walesa both rival cherished Polish King Jan III Sobieski and Frederic Chopin as national heroes.

Continue on to Part 4: Old Town