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    The Royal Castle.

    by roamer61 Written Jun 5, 2013

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    Once the home of Polish Kings and Lithuanian Dukes, the splendid building is the pride and joy of Warsaw. It was the royal residence from the 16th to 18th centuries. The, after the onset of WWII, the castle was demolished and it was later blown up following the Warsaw Uprising of 1944.
    After the war, it wasn't until 1971 that the decision to rebuild it was made. It was not until 1984 that the castle was completed and opened to the public as a museum.

    Upon paying an admission, you enter the castle and follow a path through several sumptuous rooms that contain as many original artworks as possible.

    Though the castle is not original, it retains that regal feeling and is a must see for anyone visiting warsaw.

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    Warsaw Royal Castle

    by fachd Written Oct 11, 2012

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    The Royal Castle in Warsaw is located in the Castle Square at the entrance to the Warsaw Old Town. The Royal Castle was the residence of the Polish Monarch. It has long violent history which was attack by the armies of Swedish, German, and Russian and now by the tourist army. After WWII it was rebuilt to become national monument and listed as national museum. Unfortunately due to time factor we didn't visit the museum but nothing stopping you.

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    Discover the master piece

    by Odiseya Written Jul 12, 2012

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    The hours looking at and walking around the Royal castle it cannot be enough even if you not a art-and-culture-tourist type. What about the crazy idea to enter in castle?! Those things may cost a lot. But not always and not everything.

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    Royal Castle

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 19, 2012

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    Zamek Kr��lewski w Warszawie

    The Royal Castle in Warsaw is a castle residency and was the official residence of the Polish monarchs. It is located in the Castle Square, at the entrance to the Warsaw Old Town.
    In its long history the Royal Castle was repeatedly devastated and plundered by Swedish, Brandenburgian, German, and Russian armies.
    After the devastation done by Nazis during the Warsaw Uprising, the Castle was rebuilt and reconstructed. In 1980, Royal Castle, together with the Old Town was registry in UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today it is a historical and national monument, and is listed as a national museum.

    You can watch my 6 min 24 sec Video Warsaw in summer of 1995 out of my Youtube channel.

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    Castillo Real - Royal Castle

    by elpariente Updated Nov 25, 2011

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    This castle that was built in the fourteenth century is a great example of the reconstruction work that Poles did after the Second World War
    The building is a replica, but much of the furniture is original because they saved it before the war began
    In addition to its large Chambers , the rooms of the Jagiellonian, apartments of the former Royal or the House of Representatives you must save some time to see the paintings of Jan Matejko

    Este Castillo que se construyó en el siglo XIV es un gran ejemplo del trabajo de reconstrucción que se propusieron los Polacos después de la Segunda Guerra Mundial
    El edificio es una réplica , pero gran cantidad del mobiliario es original pues son originales , pues se guardaron antes de empezar la guerra
    Además de sus grandes salones , de las habitaciones de los Jagiellon , de los apartamentos Reales o de la Antigua Cámara de Diputados hay que dejar un hueco para ver los cuadros que hay de Jan Matejko

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    Royal Castle - Zamek Królewski

    by Airpunk Written Nov 2, 2011
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    The Royal Castle was the residence of the Polish Kings from 1596 until the third partition of Poland in the 18th century. Before, it was the residence of the Dukes of Masovia, dating back to a 13th century wooden building. Today’s castle appearance dates back to the 18th century when the building complex was altered and expanded several times. It was also during this area that tone of the first democratic constitutions in Europe was declared in this castle on May 3rd 1791. In 1944, the castle was blown up by the Nazis and left rotting after the war until 1971. The reconstruction took place until 1988, but already in 1980 it received the UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
    The castle has a permanent exhibition about the history of the building and an exhibition space with a permanent art collection. The first contains the Royal Apartments, the parliament chambers and the chapel with the heart of Tadeusz Kosciuszko. The area with the art collection has also occasional temporary exhibitions and has more generous opening times than the castle.

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    The Royal Castle

    by evaanna Updated May 16, 2011

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    Although it may not be so obvious now that the Vistula River changed its course, the Royal Castle, then simply the castle of the Mazovian princes, was erected on its high bank over a ravine and the small river Kamionka. More than two centuries later, when Mazovia became part of the Polish Crown in 1526, the castle was soon to become the permanent residence of the Polish kings. For a time it even served as the seat of the Sejm (Polish Parliament). When Poland regained independence after WWI, the Castle became the residence of the President of the Republic. Not for long though. Bombed and partly burnt in 1939, it was still there until 1944 when even that pitiful ruin was blown up by the Nazis in retaliation for the Warsaw Uprising. As I remember it from my childhood days, there was nothing there but a low wall - the foundations and a ruined wall with a window remaining from the Polish writer, Stefan Zeromski's castle flat. Only one part of the Castle had remained - the so-called Palace under the Tin (Palac pod Blacha) as it had a tin roof visible from the side of the river.
    It was only in the years 1971 - 1984 that the reconstruction took place. The funds came from individual contributions of Poles from home and abroad. The interiors were decorated with works of art saved from the original castle and the ruins. The Castle came to life again.
    You can now see the Great Apartment, the King's Apartments, the Apartments of the Crown Prince and the Houses of Parliament in their former splendour, or as close to it as possible.
    Opening hours:
    Tue - Sat.: 10 - 18 (last admission around 17)
    Sun.-Mon.: 11 -18
    Admission: adults - 18 zl, concessions - 12 zl
    Available guides in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian.
    To make sure you get in, book your ticket in advance.

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    Royal Castle

    by Kinia Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Walking throught the interiors of the Royal Castle is like a trip back to the past to the ages when we had kings in Poland. you can see Polish kings' bedroom with surprisingly small bed - my friend said Polish president would fit pretty well in it ;-)
    When walking throught the rooms of the Castle remember to see two of the most important Polish paintings - "Rejtan - the fall of the Poland" and "The Costitution of third of May".
    too see the paintings click here

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    Royal castle

    by Raimix Updated Mar 29, 2011

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    The castle here stood from the beginning of 15th century, as a residence of Mazovian dukes. Later, in 1596, it became an official residence of whole Poland, as king Sigismund II Waza moved here.

    Actually the place, as it is, looks more like palace than defensive castle. During Second World War it was burned, but after war it was fully reconstructed. Nowadays here is a museum for glancing at interior (in my opinion, just a predicted way how it looked like) and famous paintings.

    It is nice to see the place where common Poland – Lithuania kings were living and working in 17 – 18th centuries.

    The entrance fee was 22 zloty for an adult (5,6 euros).

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    The Royal Castle

    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 10, 2010

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    The construction of the Royal Castle dates back to the 17th and 18th century.

    During WWII the castle was mined and completely destroyed by the Nazis. The reconstruction in the communist era was mainly done by volunteers and was completed in 1984.

    Directions:
    The Royal Castle is located in the heart of Warsaw's Old Town at Plac Zamkowy.

    Address:
    The Royal Castle, Plac Zamkowy 4, Warsaw

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    The Royal Castle

    by uglyscot Updated Apr 9, 2009

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    The castle or palace was built for a duke in the 13th Century. It became a king's residence in 1526, and the seat of legislation and administration. During WWII it was robbed and destroyed, but rebuilt 1971-1984.
    The castle is open :
    May 1st - Sep 30th :
    Tuesday - Saturday 10am -4pm
    Sunday 11 am -6pm entrance free in June, july and August
    Monday 11am -6 pm entrance free in September

    In Winter 1st October - 30 April:
    Tuesday to Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
    Sunday 11am-4 pm
    It is closed on 1st January, Easter Sunday and Saturday, 1st May, Ist November, 24 and 25 December
    price 12 for route 1 or 20 for route 2

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    Visit the Royal Castle of Warsaw

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jul 20, 2008

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    The architectural style of the castle dates from the 17th and 18th centuries. It was the residence of the Polish kings and the seat of Parliament. It was mined and completely destroyed by the Germans after the Warsaw Uprising (1944). Reconstruction under the post-war communist regime was done by voluntary work and private subscriptions from Poland and abroad. It took 50 years and was officially completed in 1984. Artifacts from pre-war Warsaw are still being discovered around the world and even today some are being returned to the Castle.
    The paintings by Canaletto representing 18th century Warsaw were used as references in the reconstruction of Old Town.
    The hall of mirrors is a great optical illusion... the workmanship is extraordinary in every room. It is astounding that this was all done by volunteers and donations. One would easily believe that all of it was original architecture and detailing.

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    Royal Castle-The new one

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 15, 2008

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    Totally rebuilt after WWI because it was leveled. The new castle holds many old treasures, and the main areas of interest are the Parliamentary Chambers with coat of arms of 32 lands, Prince Stanislaw apartment, apartments of the great kings from 18th century appearances and great furnishings. In one area is the decorative arts of bronzes, ceramics, and glassware from the 17th & 18th centuries.

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    Where once the Polish King's ruled

    by Pavlik_NL Written Jan 22, 2008

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    Krolewski Zamk, the royal castle in Warszawa

    Poland as a kingdom??? Not many remember these days or actually ever heared from it, but in early medieval times the Polish-Latvian empire stretched out from the Baltic Sea all over Eastern Europe to the Black Sea coast. This vast empire however crumbled and the one of the few things that remind of these glorious days is the Krolewksi Zamk, the royal castle or palace. Of course one has to remind him/herself that the castle that you see now-a-days is a copy of what it once was. Everything in Warszawa was totally destroyed by the Nazi's during the second world war and only was rebuilt in the decades after this tragedy. Luckely Warszawa centre was rebuilt in the old style, as it is a wonderful place to strawl around in and breath the (copied) past.

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    Royal Castle

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Jan 14, 2008

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    A duke`s residence in the 13th century, then the kings residence in Warsaw, since 1526 a kingly residence and since 1596 permanent royal seat. The majestic red Royal Castle is the landmark of Zamkowy Square - it is hard to imagine how the place ever looked without it. Yet after the destruction and pillaging of the castle in WW2, reconstruction began in the 1970`s and was finished in 1984. The interior can be visited (we had bad timing though, as the castle was closed for a week due to renovation works in January).

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