Piłsudski Square


Warsaw's largest public square once stood in front of the Saxon Palace, destroyed during WWII. The only part of the palace that remains is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

As well as the tomb, the square is punctuated by the Krzyż Papieski, a stone cross marking the spot where on 2 June 1979 Pope John Paul II celebrated the Holy Mass, and the Smoleńsk Air Disaster Monument.

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1. Smoleńsk Air Disaster Monument

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Dubbed 'the stairway to heaven', this black granite monument commemorates the 2010 plane crash in Smolensk, in which 96 people died, including the then…

2. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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Dedicated to the unknown soldiers who have given their lives for Poland, this military memorial occupies the last remnant of the Saxon Palace that stood…

3. Kordegarda

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There's usually a new exhibition here every month, organised by the National Center for Culture to promote local artists. Some shows can be fairly out…

4. Zachęta – National Gallery of Art

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Specialising in contemporary art, Zachęta organises a variety of temporary exhibitions, which change roughly every three months. A visit to this elegant…

5. Visitationist Church

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Childhood prodigy Frédéric Chopin regularly played the organ at this church, completed in 1761, which is a prime example of rococo architecture. The…

6. Monument to Adam Mickiewicz

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This neoclassical monument to Poland’s great Romantic poet Adam Mickiewicz (1798–1855) was designed by Cyprian Godebski and unveiled on the 100th…

7. Carmelite Church

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Fortunately this church, notable for its neoclassical-style facade, escaped the ravages of war and contains 18th-century fittings, including a high altar…

8. Fibak Collection Gallery


Since 2001 Wojciech Fibak has been sharing his private collection of Polish modern and contemporary art at this small but packed gallery space. Among the…