Warsaw

Mirów & Muranów

more than a year ago

All visitors are aware of the glories of the Old Town, and even Praga is now starting to get a dribble of curious foreign visitors. But what of the area northwest of the centre? On the face of it, it would seem that there’s little reason to linger in this area after having visited the sites of Jewish interest. Not true. The area formed by the districts of Mirów and Muranów (and technically also Nowolipki) contains a good scattering of gems, not least of all two of Poland's most impressive and challenging museums - The Warsaw Uprising Museum and the relatively new and striking POLIN Museum, which traces the history of Polish Jews.

There are also numerous curious historical architectural marvels in these districts like the socialist realist housing estates that were built on the rubble of the Jewish Ghetto. Designed by Bohdan Lachert the estates sprang up between 1948 and 1956, constructed using smashed rubble that was hastily glued together – if you notice any cracks in the walls, that’s the reason. Any broken bricks deemed too unsuitable for this purpose were simply left heaped together, hence the preponderance of overgrown artificial rises.

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