Warsaw Old Market Place

Warsaw Old Market Place

The Old Town Market Place, Warsaw’s oldest district, dated from the 13th century. Despite the fact that the Nazis destroyed 85 percent of the region during WWII, it has subsequently been reconstructed to look exactly as it did when it was first erected.

In the city’s most prominent square, a mix of mediaeval, Gothic, and colourful Renaissance structures and merchant homes coexist. The 19th-century bronze statue of a sword-wielding mermaid, which has been a symbol of Warsaw since mediaeval times, has survived the war and exists in the square today.

Market Square now has a variety of cafés and eateries, as well as street art vendors and souvenir stalls. The Warsaw Historical Museum’s main branch is also located here, and it houses a large art collection as well as a look at the city’s and country’s history.

Just a few yards away, the Adam Mickiewicz Museum of Literature pays homage to Poland’s most famous poet and writer.