Warsaw’s Old Town is beautiful specially at late afternoon in autumn. There’s just something about the place when it’s all lighted up in warm yellow and the sky is in different shades of blue.

But let me tell you something you probably don’t know.


What’s so special about the Old Town of Warsaw?

It’s all fake! If you didn’t know, Warsaw was one of the most destroyed cities in Europe during World War II. The city was almost flat and bombed into nothingness. So the Old Town you’re looking at right now is just a post-war reconstruction…of a painting of the original Old Town by this Italian dude better known in this parts as Canaletto. Crazy no? But it’s true!

And look how beautiful it is!


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  1. Penny May 9, 2013 at 10:10 AM #

    Nice! I really like your night shots. I agree, the light in Europe in the fall is wonderful.

    • DJ Yabis May 10, 2013 at 4:01 PM #

      Yep. I like how well-lighted its cities are ;P

  2. kalulu April 9, 2013 at 6:48 PM #

    It’s as real as Poland. The Old Town is the same Old town as it was in the 1500s and 1920s, much like Poland is the same Poland as it was 500 years ago, despite Germans and Russians trying to eradicate the nation

    • DJ Yabis April 10, 2013 at 3:05 AM #

      In a way yes although Warsaw is developing really fast right now which is great ;P

  3. iandelapena March 16, 2013 at 12:58 PM #

    Wow if only Manila did the same…. =(

  4. Lane December 14, 2012 at 1:03 AM #

    I can’t imagine the devastation caused by WWII. All of that artwork and architecture ruined. Truly sad. Out of Eastern Europe, I believe Prague was the most untouched.

    • DJ Yabis December 14, 2012 at 5:41 AM #

      Yes Prague is the most untouched and it’s gorgeous!

  5. Lifeisacelebration December 12, 2012 at 10:57 PM #

    Interesting. If Warsaw was bombed out, then that’s some pretty good reconstruction there. In my bucket list!

    • DJ Yabis December 13, 2012 at 7:03 AM #

      Exactly. You should tots visit!

  6. The Guy December 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM #

    Very true, the Old Town is one of the newest parts of Warsaw. It is stunning though and I loved it when I visited there. I’d love to go back some day.

    • DJ Yabis December 12, 2012 at 7:39 PM #

      Yes, I think they had the post-war restoration around the 70’s. I think they did a great job!

  7. Carlo | visa-freeworld December 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM #

    Got some friends from Poland and I would say your blog post makes me want to visit them in the future. Great post!

    • DJ Yabis December 12, 2012 at 4:21 PM #

      Go for it! Not many people know that there are many beautiful and interesting cities in Poland. ;D

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