I have just created my first two collections with photographs taken during a short trip to Poland.
Poznan is among the oldest cities in Poland, it was the first capital of the kingdom of Poland during the X century, later on, in the XI century the capital was moved to Krakow.
The city was occupied by the Nazis during WWII and like many others, was totally destroyed. After the war, it began the hard work of reconstruction of the old historical buildings.
The imposing Archcathedral Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul is one of the oldest churches in Poland.
The Town Hall, originally built in the middle ages, its present-day form dates back to the XVI century.
Merchants's Houses in the old market square (Stare Rynek). They are unique relics of early commercial architecture in Poznan dated back to 13th century
The old town market square, today is the center of night life with restaurants and bars.
Four beautiful fountains are placed at each corner of the old market square.
Neptune s fountain (left)
Apollo s fountain and the clock tower of the Town Hall (right)
The first human settlements in what is now Warsaw dates back to the tenth century. Later, in the thirteenth century a fortress was built and a town called Warszowa began to grow around it.
In the sixteenth century King Sigismund III Vasa moved the royal residence and government offices from Krakow to Warsaw, becoming capital of Poland ever since.
During the time of Stanislaw II Augustus Poniatowski Warsaw was the center of the Polish Enlightenment. At his initiative the palaces and buildings in Lazienki park were built.
During WWII the city was occupied and devastated by the Nazis. After the insurrection of 1944 the few buildings still standing were destroyed leaving the city in ruins.
After the war, began reconstruction work of all historical buildings to restore them to their original appearance. The quarters in Krakowskie Przedmiescie, the old and new town, among others were entirely rebuilt.
Warsaw today is a thriving, modern city.
Another landmark not to be missed is the Wilanow palace (Villa Nova), residence of King John III Sobieski in the XVI century.
Typical architecture in one of the streets of the old town.
Castle Square is the center of the night life in the old town with many cafes and restaurants. It has a magic and romantic atmosphere.
The Old Town Market square.
Memorial to the 1944 uprising in Krasinski square. The monument honors the more than 15000 members of the polish resistance that were killed during the rebellion that tried to liberate Poland from the nazis during wwII.
The Presidential Palace illuminated. Head of the goverment.
Modern architecture in Marszalkowska (Marshall street), one of the main thoroughfares in the city center.
Wilanow Palace was built for the Polish king John III Sobieski in the last quarter of the 17th century.