Friday, 27 July 2018

Poland: Walking Tour On Warsaw Royal Route

After exploring Old Town, I did another walking tour, this time along The Royal Route. This route is thus named because it is a track where the main palaces of Warsaw namely Royal Castle, Tazienki Palace and Wilanow Palace are located. It is not possible to walk the entire route as the distance is at least 12 km per way.  I covered a shortened version of it which took a little more than an hour. The walk was mostly along Krakowskie Przedmieście Street and Nowy Swiat Street after which I walked back to the starting point to board the bus.
The Royal Route starts at Castle Square at the edge of Old Town. I have to admit that noon time on a late spring day is not the best time for this walking tour as the sweltering weather is quite draining. Nevertheless the route was thronged with tourists as this is a popular attraction in Warsaw. The highlights of my shortened walk is again, historic monuments with beautiful designs and architecture. The buildings seen along the way are all classic and majestic looking. Had the weather been cooler that day I would have enjoyed my walk a lot more. 

The first grand building I remember seeing is St. Anna's Church. This church has a  history that dates back to 1454 but the current building has been remodeled and reconstructed several times before.

Along the route you can also see The Presidential Palace. This 17th century building was home to a few royal families. Since 1994 it became the official residence of the Polish President.

My favourite building is Visitationist Church, aka St Joseph's Church. This church took almost 100 years to complete. The baroque architecture is simply stunning.

Another nice building seen is Hotel Bristol. This hotel was built around 1900 and was stayed in by some of the most influential Polish people before.

Carmelite Church is a 17th century Roman Catholic Church with an impressive and ornate facade. 

Another very imposing church is Holy Cross Church. It is so huge, you'll need to stand very far away to capture the image of the entire building.

I had a peek inside The Holy Cross Church which is still a functional place of worship. This church was built in 1969 and in it is a pillar that contains the heart of the famous music composer, Frédéric Chopin whose last wish was to have his heart brought back to his home country Poland.

By the time I saw The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier, I was tired out so I just got a zoomed shot of it from a distance. This monument was originally constructed in 1925 to house the remains of unknown Polish soldiers who killed during the Polish-Ukrainian war of 1918-1919. 

I caught a glimpse of Palace Of Culture And Science (building with tallest spike, partly hidden) from a distance. This tallest building in Poland has 42 floors that houses commercial offices, public institutions and cultural and science centers.

The building seen here is Staszic Palace built at the start of the 19th century. In front of the palace is Nicholas Copernicus Monument. After this was a leisurely walk all the way back to Castle Square to board the bus at the car park.

Related Posts:
1.An Evening Walk In Bialystok
2.An Early Morning Walk In Bialystok
3.Warsaw Old Town: Castle Square And Royal Castle
4.Walking Tour Of Warsaw Old Town
5.Walking Tour On Warsaw Royal Route
6. Attractions Of Wroclaw Pt 1: Ostrow Tumski

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