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    The first sight at the squere from above
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    In anticipation of the celebration
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    Castle Square

    by roamer61 Written Jun 5, 2013

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    This is a roughly triangular area in the new town area, opposite the royal castle (thus its name).
    It is lined with colorful buildings that contain contain cafes, restaurants and shops. The square is a popular meeting area for both tourists and locals. The square is also home to an 17th century column celebrating King Sigismund III.

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    Palac pod Blacha

    by Odiseya Updated Apr 4, 2013

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    View from Taras widokowy

    I try to discover more about interesting buildings. Warsaw can offer a lot for tourist who like to learn about architecture.
    At first sight, when you at Castle square, one building attracts attention because it somehow does not fit into the environment. The little palace, as I found later, is know after his copper sheets green color. It become famous for it and also was named after it. The Polish name of palaces "Palac pod Blacha" precisely means "The Copper-Roof Palace". It is build in the second half of 18th century. In one time it serve as a residence of last Polish king Stanislaw August Poniatowski. Rebuild two time trough his past and from 1989th is part of Royal Castle Museum.
    From view point of St. Anna Church Bell (taras widokovy) offers a wonderful view of the palace.
    The fees is 5 PZL without discount.

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    The main meeting place - see you there!

    by Odiseya Updated Jul 12, 2012

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    The first sight at the squere from above
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    The Castle square is something that you must visit when you in Warsaw. It is very know place. This square connect Old town and Praga district. The main landmark of square is Sigismund's Column and is surrounded by historic houses and Royal Castle. All main celebration is organized here.
    During our visit to the city we attended the celebration of 60 years of the Warsaw Uprising.

    The best view at the squire is from above - viewing point (Polish: Taras widokowy) or terrace on St. Anna Church bell tower. More about this activity you can read in my Poland review Taras widokowy.

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    Plaza del Castillo / Castle Square

    by elpariente Updated Nov 25, 2011
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    In this square we enter to the Old Part (Stare Miasto) but before we enjoy its spaciousness, Sigismund's column, the Royal Castle and we may sit quietly to see the people walking and hear a musician because always they are round here here

    Por esta plaza entraremos a la Parte Antigua ( Stare Miasto ) pero aquí disfrutaremos de su amplitud , de la columna de Segismundo , del Castillo Real y nos sentaremos tranquilamente a ver a la gente paseando y a oír a algún músico , que nunca falta por aquí

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    A Son Honors His Father

    by von.otter Updated Jul 10, 2009

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    Zygmunt Column, Warsaw, Royal Castle Square, 12/08
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    In 1644 King Wladyslaw IV ordered that a monument be built to his father, King Zygmunt III. It stands at the entrance to Royal Castle Square; and it is Warsaw’s oldest secular memorial. It was King Zygmunt III who moved the Polish capitol from Krakow to Warsaw in 1596.

    The column, 72 feet tall and made of granite, is surmounted by a bronze sculpture of King Zygmunt, who holds a cross in one hand and a sword in the other. Clemente Molli is responsible for the impressive sculpture. Two other Italian architects, who had long worked for Polish royalty, Agostino Locci the Elder and Constantino Tencalla, collaborated on the column and base.

    Wars have damaged the column and base over the centuries; both have been repaired many times. The present-day column is the third one to support the bronze figure of the king, which has managed to evade destruction.

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    Castle Square

    by antistar Written Nov 26, 2008

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    Moving north from the centre of Warsaw, the Castle Square (plac Zamkowy) is the first part of the reconstructed old town that you will see. It's so well made you'd be hard pressed to know it wasn't the original unless you already knew.

    The square contains the Royal Castle, Zygmunt's Column, a Gothic bridge and a beautifully restored row of old town houses. The place is used to host many events, and was even once used by Bill Clinton to deliver his welcome speech to Poland after they joined NATO in 1997.

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    View from Castle Square towards the Vistula River

    by evaanna Updated May 26, 2008

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    Trasa W-Z - the East - West Route

    While in Castle Square, take a look at the view below the terrace. There you can see the well-known Trasa W-Z or the East - West Route, which is a continuation of the Slasko-Dabrowski Bridge joining the Praga side of the Vistula River with the centre. Here it goes into a tunnel built after the war, which very much improved the city road system. I often got off the tram here as a child to take a bus or a walk in Krakowskie Przedmiescie, or, even more often, to take a ride on the first escalator in Warsaw. What fun it was to go up and down and up again until we were chased away by a guard. This escalator was out of order for many years but it has recently re-opened. Even if you don't have to use it, have a look inside the first building in Krakowskie Przedmiescie (Kamienica John'a) just opposite St. Anne's Church, which houses its upper part. The decor of the interior is in striking contrast to the outward appearance of the house - pure social realism with bas-reliefs of workers, the heroes of communism.
    On the left of the photo you can see Palac pod Blacha (the copper-plate-roofed Palace), where Prince Jozef Poniatowski lived and lived it up in the years 1792 -1806. The middle part of the palace was burnt down after the Warsaw Uprising. But, restored in 1948 - 1949, to me it has always been there with its characteristic greenish roof.
    If you walk down the street on the right of the photo, you will soon get to Mariensztat - a very pretty district of Warsaw built soon after the war. With its sloping red roofs and two-storey houses submerged in a sea of green it makes a very pretty picture.

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    Zamkowy Square

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Jan 14, 2008

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    Plac Zamkowy

    One of the most beautiful places in Warsaw and the entrypoint for the Oldtown is the Castle Square (plac Zamkowy). Totally destroyed in WW2, the major elements of Zamkowy Square: the Patrican`s houses, the Zygmunt`s column and the Royal Castle have been restored. I recommend climbing the Belfry of St. Anne`s church (viewing platform): From there, you can overlook the whole square - marvelous photo opportunities.

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    Square Sites

    by BruceDunning Updated Nov 12, 2007

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    This square is one of the beauty sites in Warsaw. It has many retail shops for the souvenirs, cafes, and artwork. Some of the vendors have impromptu booths set up near the middle of the square, but most of these trinkets are cheap items. The square was almost totally ruined during the WWII, and rebuilt to original condition, as well as the castle. All around this square are other shops and sites.
    The square was in its glory in the 1600's when Warsaw became to country capital. It became to develop in 1300's and continued to be a defensive area for the kings.

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    nice meeting point till 10 p.m.

    by wroclawiak Updated Sep 30, 2006

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    Where're the people?
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    "Castle Square" is a really nice and beautiful place and it is one of my favorite places in Warsaw. But I was a little bit dissappointed last time. I thought that I could go to a restaurant or a nice bar after 10 p.m. Sorry. No way!! Everything closed. No real and torbulant life on the square like in Cracow or Wroclaw. Where are the people? Where are the beer gardens? Everything top secret in Warsaw?

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    Great place to take time out ~

    by Pawtuxet Updated Aug 30, 2006

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    Everyone tells you to see the Palace ... all restored. But I want you to know that this monument (column of King Zygmunt) is a great spot to relax for a while. You get a view of all the activity in the area..shops and people watching. I could spend an hour or two this way.
    Updated pics are included here...enabling you to see Zygmunt who stands at the top of the column. The monument was destroyed during the war, but it is rebuilt and a fine symbol of Warsaw and her resurrection.

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    The Royal Castle

    by traveloturc Written Jul 31, 2006

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    Royal castle

    At the beginning it was a castle of the dukes of Masovia (Masovia is the province, of which Warsaw is the capital). Later on, when Masovia became a part of Poland, and after the capital was moved to Warsaw (that was at the end of sixteenth century), this became the Royal Castle.The first king who lived here -Sigismundus III - rebuilt the castle in baroque style, This building served not only as an official residence of the monarch, but it was the house of the parliament for several hundred of years.

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    Great People Watching Spot

    by scottishvisitor Updated Jul 26, 2006

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    Castle Square on a quiet day
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    Plac Zamkowy (Castle Square) with its reconstructed pretty architecture, pavement cafes, musicians, balloon and souvenier sellers is a lively place both day and night. Lots of tourists pass by this square including a lot of school parties with excited children. The square is a popular meeting place The monument in the 2nd. & 3rd. picture was commissioned in 1644 by Wladyslaw lV son of King Zygmunt lll in honour of his Father who was the King who moved the Capital of Poland to Warsaw from Krakow.
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    Castle Square

    by sihi Written Feb 10, 2006

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    Plac Zamkowy in 2005

    Plac Zamkowy square is very popular place for tourists and locals. The square is always lively. There are actors, musicians, horses ... "working" on the square and making special atmospheare.

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    Wonderful square and statue

    by sihi Updated Feb 10, 2006

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    Castle Square -- Plac Zamkowy 2002

    If you look at the picture you can see Plac Zamkowy - Castle Square. On the centre of square Column of king Sigismund is standing.
    If you move this way - you start your walk to Royal Way.

    Picture is done in 2002.

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