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World Heritage Site Historic Centre of Warsaw

During the Warsaw Uprising in August 1944, more than 85% of Warsaw’s historic centre was destroyed by Nazi troops. After the war, a five-year reconstruction campaign by its citizens resulted in today’s meticulous restoration of the Old Town, with its churches, palaces and market-place. It is an outstanding example of a near-total reconstruction of a span of history covering the 13th to the 20th century.

Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site

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iiTo exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design. All
viTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria). All
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The Warsaw Basilisk

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Gallery of Medieval Art

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St John’s Arch Cathedral

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Atlas Obscura 2019
3.33km
Okopowa Street Jewish Cemetery

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A Monument to the Pole Who Put the Sun at the Center of the Solar System

Nicolaus Copernicus's theory said the planets revolved around the Sun.

Atlas Obscura 2020
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Brutalism 1975
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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Museum

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Marie Curie’s Tree

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The Sad Story of Mieszko the Stone Bear

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Grave of Rudolf Kwiek

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Atlas Obscura 2017
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The Museum of Dollhouses, Games and Toys

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Atlas Obscura 2018
4.83km
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Atlas Obscura 2019
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Dollhouse Museum

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