Warsaw Old Town Square

 

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Old Town Square is a rectangular square of 90m by 73m and existed on the site of modern Market Square on the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries. Until the beginning of the 19th century it was an administrative and commercial hub of the city.


Square is surrounded by town houses, which were all rebuilt after World War 2 and reconstructed in their 17th and 18th century form and decorated with murals. The four sides of the market were named after people meritorious for Warsaw. The town houses are occupied by the Historical Museum of the City of Warsaw, the Adam Mickiewicz Museum of Literature, exhibitions, clubs, restaurants and cafes. In the centre of the square stands the legendary Mermaid monument. The figure of half-woman half-fish became the official symbol of the city in 1938. From spring to autumn the square is filled with café tables and also becomes an open-air gallery of contemporary art. It is also a place to find orchestras and various types of street artists. Besides being a tourist attraction, Old Town Square is also one of the most favourite places for local people who meet and spend free time in the city.



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