The Royal Castle, Warsaw
The pride and joy of Warsaw's Old Town is the Royal Castle and its surrounding square, "Plac Zamkowy," in the local tongue. As all of its fellow Old Town (re)constructions, the Castle stands as a testament to the city's phoenix-like resilience. In fact, this monument was so dutifully recreated, that its new facade garnered the privilege of being included on the UNESCO list.
An absolute must, when visiting the castle, are the Royal Apartments and State Rooms. These make for a good trip in their own right. However, couple that with some world-class exhibitions and you've got yourself some solid weekend plans. Here you'll find a few top-notch regular exhibitions as well as one-off presentations of the highest calibre. Be sure to check our events calendar for special concerts at the castle.
You cannot get anywhere near the Royal Castle without noticing the Sigismond Column (Kolumna Zygmunta). Built in 1644 to commemorate Kind Sigismond III Vasa, this impressive structure honours the ruler who in 1596 moved the capital from Krakow to Warsaw (a day which lives in infamy, in the minds of Krakovians, at least...).
The Constitution of 3 May 1791 was drafted here by the Four-Year Sejm. In the 19th century, after the collapse of the November Uprising, it was used as an administrative center by the Tsar. Between 1926 and World War II the palace was the seat of the Polish president, Ignacy Moscicki. After the devastation done by Nazis during the Warsaw Uprising, the Castle was rebuilt and reconstructed. In 1980, Royal Castle, together with the Old Town was registry in UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today it is a historical and national monument, and is listed as a national museum.
Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. It is located on the Vistula River roughly 260 kilometres (160 mi) from the Baltic Sea and 300 kilometres (190 mi) from the Carpathian Mountains. Its population as of June 2010 was estimated at 1,716,855, and the Warsaw metropolitan area at approximately 2,631,902. The area of the city covers 516.9 square kilometres (199.6 sq mi), while the city's agglomeration covers 6,100.43 square kilometres (2,355.39 sq mi) (Warsaw Metro Area – Obszar Metropolitalny Warszawy). Warsaw is the 9th largest city in the European Union by population.
"Warszawianka" is widely considered the unofficial anthem of Warsaw. On 9 November 1940 the City of Warsaw was awarded the Silver Cross of Poland's supreme military decoration for courage in the face of the enemy, the Order Virtuti Militari for the heroic defence in 1939.
Warsaw is also known as the "phoenix city", as it recovered from extensive damage during World War II (during which 80% of its buildings were destroyed), being rebuilt with the effort of Polish citizens. Warsaw has given its name to the Warsaw Confederation, Warsaw Pact, the Duchy of Warsaw, Warsaw Convention, Treaty of Warsaw, Warsaw Uprising and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. (Source: Warsaw-life & wikipedia)
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dip (23844) 2011-10-07 1:55
a beautiful and excellent composed photo of the Royal Castle with excellent clarity and sharpness,
informative note as well,
thanks for sharing,
lousat (82604) 2011-10-07 2:02
Hi George,an excellent choice of point of view and a beautiful pastel colors,the best way to show us this interesting and magnificent castle,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
mursaloglu (8682) 2011-10-07 2:18
very interesting composition and marvelous architecture ewample great shot bravo ihsan
besnard (55105) 2011-10-07 2:22
Un bon cliché de ce trčs joli château. Tu as su choisir un bon angle pour le mettre en valeur.
Je te souhaite une bonne journée.
csabagaba (6630) 2011-10-07 2:48
Te aztán rendesen körbejárod Lengyelországot. A képről: jó épületfotó, határozott erős színek. Jó, hogy nem a főhomlokzat az uralkodó, de azért abból is sok látszik. Szép munka.
npecanhuk (70060) 2011-10-07 2:50
Lively urban place!
Excellent overall photo quality!
TFS - congrats,
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-10-07 2:57
A beautiful shot of the royal castle with people walking around. I like the angle of view. The colors are superb. Your note is very informative.
sandpiper (6788) 2011-10-07 3:26
Great composition of this summer scene from Warsaw.
siudzi (34141) 2011-10-07 3:36
Wow! I see that you've been in Warsaw too! Hope you like my city:)
Great presentation of the Royal Castle located at the Old Town. Nice natural tones, perfect sharpness and quality. Well done!
snunney (89996) 2011-10-07 3:54
I like the point of view here and the animated atmosphere. The architecture of this immense building is shown to very good effect. Excellent colours and clarity.
dkmurphys (52745) 2011-10-07 4:55
A classic shot over that beautiful square. Nice red old building, a fine atmosphere around the place.
Have a great weekend.
timecapturer (49288) 2011-10-07 5:38
what a stunning looking place. Warsaw looks such a fascinating place with so many beautiful buildings. This is no exception and you have captured and presented it so perfectly. Glorious!
Have a great weekend - Brian.
Sergiom (67462) 2011-10-07 5:56
J'aime beaucoup cette grande place qui s'étale autour du château royal, assez impressionnant et sobre dans son architecture. Le ciel est superbe.
saxo042 (37682) 2011-10-07 6:57
A beautiful building and the scene here is much improved with all the people added. A very interesting note as well and very enjoyable colours in the photo.
limielski (0) 2011-10-07 8:43
Wonderful shot of Royal Castle . When I was in grammar school I visited the top of the tower ( the castle was under construction at that time) see my similar photo
Warm regards, Leszek
ashres (1055) 2011-10-07 8:57
Nice capture with mild colors with great lightening and right exposure. The clarity is great and the sharpness too. Nice capture.
TopGeo (38208) 2011-10-07 9:07
an excellent choice of point of view! Wonderfull place, beautiful city!Warsaw's Old Town is the Royal Castle , excellent photo! Great composition and framing, great depth of field! I like light management, wonderful colours!
Cricri (111433) 2011-10-07 10:20
Bon choix du POV et du format pour présenter ce magnifique château, belle lumičre et couleurs
marcan44 (6301) 2011-10-07 13:25
una piazza veramente grande intorno a questo fantastico castello.
Si capisce che č il luogo di distensive passeggiate non solo dei turisti ma anche degli abitanti Varsavia.
L'inquadratura in formato panoramico rende giustizia a all'architettura del castello.
Lo scatto č a regola d'arte con tonalitŕ molto gradevoli, gestione occulata della luce, nitidezza assoluta.
emka (86487) 2011-10-07 13:59
Classic view of Royal Castle, maybe usually it is together with the Sigismond Column. Excellent composition with beautiful colours and nice to see people there. Looking at it now, it is difficult to believe that the castle in fact is younger not only from me, but also from my son:). Amazing work was done to rebuild it and many things are authenthic.
I am looking forward to seeing other photos from my city
siamesa (27763) 2011-10-07 15:51
Boa noite George
Beautiful composition of the castle and the people around it.Excellent register. I like the colors of this castle. TFS
jjcordier (79040) 2011-10-07 21:37
Bon cadrage de ce "Royal Castle" de Varsovie joliment éclairé et de la place animée qui l'entoure.
vasilpro (41099) 2011-10-07 22:18
Wonderful daily life composition, beautiful palace and square full of life, interesting architecture, lovely light and colors, excellent POV and DOF, very good clarity, sharpness and contrast, TFS!
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
Silvio1953 (130392) 2011-10-09 3:44
Ciao George, great view of fantastic castle, lovely composition with a lot of people, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-07-21
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Symbol of rebirth - The amazing Warsaw [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-10-07 1:26