Beautiful Historical Cathedral in Poland's Capital City
This lovely nighttime photograph shows the Church of the Holy Cross in the city of Warsaw, the capital city of Poland. Memorialized for you on this Worldwide Gifts collectible pictorial magnet, the image of the Holy Cross Church is a wonderful souvenir from Poland and a nice keepsake from your visit to Warsaw.
Visitors to Warsaw will find the Church of the Holy Cross on the Krakowskie Przedmiescie, one of the most prestigious and well-known streets in the capital. Construction on this magnificent Baroque cathedral began in the late 1600s, and took 75 years to complete. It is a beautiful structure that has stood here on this spot throughout the turbulent history of Warsaw, having been pillaged and nearly demolished several times during different wars, including being blown up the Germans during World War II. Holy Church Cross has been restored, albeit in a more simplified style than the original ornate design of frescos and Baroque polychrome.
More Historic Sites Along the Krakowskie Przedmiescie Royal Avenue
The street where the Holy Cross Church is located is one of the oldest roads in Warsaw, and is part of the Royal Route that runs from the Royal Castle to Wilanow Palace and Old Town. Many beautiful manor houses and palaces were built along this street, which was once an ancient trade route and later the route of royalty on procession through the capital.
Some of the other beautiful historic sites along the Krakowskie Przedmiescie include Warsaw University, directly across from Holy Cross Church. Staszic Palace is another notable landmark and is now the headquarters for the Polish Academy of Sciences. The Presidential Palace is also located along the same street, and has existed here in several reincarnations since the original construction in 1643. Today it is the location of the seat of Polish government, the Council of Ministers.