(Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland)
One of the cities few remaining structures that once formed part of the encircling fortifications of the city, the Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski) was constructed in 1540 to protect Nowomiejska Street and replaced an existing gateway.
Located within the Rode Garden of Lazienki Park, the Chopin Monument was first unveiled in 1926, although needed to be rebuilt some 20 years later after being torn down during a period when this Polish composer became unpopular. Today, regular open-air concerts are staged around the Chopin Monument each Sunday at midday.
The Warsaw cityscape is not just comprised of historic, medieval buildings, but also features clusters of modern, high-rise structures, such as the Trade Tower, the InterContinental Warszawa, the Rondo 1-B and the Financial Centre.
Known as the Military Cathedral, the Church of Our Lady Queen of the Polish Crown, and the Field Cathedral of the Polish Army, this grand building serves as the city's main garrison church and dates back more than 300 years.
The Old Town Market Place (Rynek Starego Miasta) is always a busy and lively part of the city, being filled with cafe tables during the summer months.
Surrounded by historic buildings, shops, bars and eateries, the Old Town Market Place (Rynek Starego Miasta) is a pleasant place to hang out and enjoy a spot of people watching.
The Palace of Culture and Science (Palac Kultury i Nauki / PKiN) is a truly epic building and was constructed in the mid-20th century using a workforce consisting of more than 7,000 people, of both Polish and Russian origin.
The Presidential Palace (Palac Prezydencki) has been remodelled a number of times since its completion in the early 1650s and started life as a grand Baroque residence. Now Neo-classical in its appearance, the Presidential Palace is fronted by an imposing equestrian statue of Prince Józef Poniatowski.
Situated on the Plac Zamkowy and at the very entrance to the city's historical Old Town district, the Royal Castle (Zamek Królewski) is where the famous European Constitution of May 3 1791 was drafted.
The Polish National Opera House (Teatr Wielki) is also known as the Great Theatre and was designed in 1825, being completed eight years later and then rebuilt during the 1960s, after bombing damage in WWII. However, it was not until 2002 that the triumphal sculpture of Apollo, first envisaged by its original architect, was finally added.
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Monument commemorates Poland's courageous attempt to fight back against the Germans in 1944.