Traveling to Warsaw, Poland
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Ms. Szalaj's Travel Guide: Why go to Warsaw, Poland?
During the 19th century Warsaw started to develop on it own. In fact Warsaw University, The Nicolaus Copernicus Monument, Warsaw Mermaid statue and a railway were all built between 1816 and 1855. The town developed gradually as population rose the town needed swers, piped water and lights. Finally in 1904 Warsaw gained electricity and the town also had eletric trams that ran through the streets of Warsaw.
In the First World War the Germans took Warsaw, but 3 years later Poland became an independent nation and Warsaw was officially named the capital of Poland.
Turmoil struck Poland and Warsaw in 1939 when the Germans invaded Poland and was captured once again. The Germans began deporting Jews, Gypsy and the Poles from Poland into concentration camps. Even though the people fought back the Germans were much too powerful. When the Second World War ended much of Warsaw was dilapidated and in ruins. Mostly everything was destroyed, eventually and slowly the city was rebuilt. From 1955 to 1995 many buildings and museums were built. Several museums were built to remember the suffering the Poles have endured and their strength and will to survive. The Warsaw Rising Museum opened in 2004. Currently the population of Warsaw is 1.7 million people and the city is vibrant and growing.
Even through hard times the people of Poland stuck together and gave each other hope and strength. Thy re-built their city and it is now vibrant and growing!
Religion is deeply rooted within Polish culture. Most Poles practice Catholicism. Also, all holidays are considered national holidays and are celebrated throughout Poland. All Saints' Day is one of the most important holidays. On this day Polish people visits cemeteries to honor and remember their loved ones who have since passed away.
Family is one of the most important parts of the culture. Families are connected and spend a lot of time together. Family always comes first.
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