Plac Bankowy in Warsaw City Centre

 

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Plac Teatralny
Plac Bankowy used to be a quiet little square but today is one of the most busiest places in Warsaw. Before the collapse of the Ghetto Uprising in 1943, the largest synagogue in Warsaw stood in this square. The most interesting buildings stand on the west side of the square.


Neo-Classical buildings designed by Antonio Corazzi line the western frontage. Amongst them there is a Mostowski Palace from 18th century which Corazzi rebuilt for Home Affairs Commission and now is the headquarters of the metropolitan police. Post-war buildings are easy to recognize here including the cinema with a huge terrace on its roof with a gate and a fountain. The highest building on Plac Bankowy is the Zure Tower on the corner of Solidarnosci Avenue. Close to it there is a monument to Stefan Stazynski, the mayor of Warsaw killed by the Nazis. One of the most impressive buildings on the square is a three-winged palace of the Commission for Revenues and Treasury which today serves as a town hall. From the junction with Elektoralna Street there is a bulding of the former Bank of Poland and Stock Exchange. The building now houses the John Paul II collection.



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