Warsaw, nurturing over 400 years of pride as a capital, is Poland’s largest city and an economic, political, and cultural centre. The symbol of the city is the Mermaid, featured on the city seal. Warsaw is a bustling metropolis and features an unforgettable history. A city where a fourth of the terrain is covered by parkland and a city of culture for all tastes and budgets…!
OLD TOWN (STARE MIASTO)
Historic centre and oldest part of the city, it is also a living, breathing cultural salon. Founded in the 13th century as the prince’s castle, it is surrounded by walls. During World War II, 90% of it was destroyed, but thanks to its excellent restoration and recovery, in 1980 it was granted the status of a UNESCO World Heritage List. Currently, it is a lively place, bustling with tourists and locals, and full of galleries, cafés and restaurants.
Pope John Paul II – an extraordinary Pole, the first Polish Pope in the history of the successors of Saint Peter and the first Bishop of Rome in over 450 years who was not from Italy. In the footsteps of a Pope, who with his strong personality influenced not only the image of the Church, but also world events. The Holy Father went on several pilgrimages to Poland, which from the beginning of the eighties underwent radical transformations, as did all of Central and Eastern Europe. During his 7 pilgrimages to his home country, John Paul II almost always visited the capital. In Warsaw there are many places connected with him in special ways. They were witnesses to important words and grand gestures.
On 1st May 2011 on the St. Peter’s Square in Rome John Paul II was beatified.