The Bankowy Square in Warsaw

The Bankowy Square in Warsaw

The Bankowy Square in Warsaw ©Jarosław Pocztarski/Flick

Situated at the intersection of the two main arteries of the city of Warsaw, the Marszalkowska Street and the Solidarnosc Street, the Bankowy Square (called in Polish the Plac Bankowy) is one of the most visited squares of the city, also being a major public transportation hub of metro, bus and tram station.

The Bankowy Square in Warsaw was created in the nineteenth century and back then had a triangular shape. The Bankowy Square was designed to be one of the most elegant areas of the Polish capital. On the square you found the buildings that housed the Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Poland and the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

But sadly with the 1944 uprising, the buildings were destroyed and the market has ceased to exist. After the war it was rebuilt only the western part of the square, as a rectangle.

Contemporary architecure on the Bankowy Square

Contemporary architecure on the Bankowy Square © jaime.silva/Flick

The White Tower and the legend of the cursing rabbi

Today, the Bankowy Square in Warsaw is dominated by a high structure, a skyscraper of 120 m, known as the White Tower, built over the place of the Great Synagogue, destroyed by the Germans during the Second World War. This building is related to one of the most famous legends of Warsaw, which talks about a rabbi who would have cursed this place that no building could be raised here. Even the construction of the tower building took place over 26 years, the work was finally completed in 1991, and all that remained from the original synagogue is just a small stone column.

The former headquarters of the Ministry of Finance

The former headquarters of the Ministry of Finance currently houses the City Hall and the mayor of Warsaw. In the front of the building stands the statue of the Polish romantic poet, called Juliusz Słowacki, since the year 2001.

The Ministry of Finance in Warsaw

The Ministry of Finance in Warsaw ©Jarosław Pocztarski/Flick

From the Warsaw Stock Exchange to a museum

At the crossroads of the Bankowy and the Elektoralna in the city of Warsaw, you will find the building that once was occupied by the Warsaw Stock Exchange, rebuilt after the war. After the completion of the construction works, this building functioned as a museum during the communist revolution presenting documents referring to the Polish uprising, then is was transformed to the Museum the Collections of John Paul II. Since then, the building houses a rich collection of art works of the great artists of Western Europe, including the ones of Rubens and Goya.

The Bankowy Square in Warsaw

The Bankowy Square in Warsaw ©Jarosław Pocztarski/Flick

 

 

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