Praga District

Through the centuries, Warsaw's right-bank – the area called Praga – was an independent town, and it became formally attached to Warsaw only in the late 18th century. For years it was a secondary part of the city that survived the devastation of war, with three different religions (Catholicism, Orthodoxy and Judaism) peacefully co-existing. Today it is a fascinating district, overflowing with artistic studios, galleries, alternative theaters and underground clubs. Thanks to this infusion of cool culture, many of the surviving post-industrial buildings have been turned into cultural centres, cinemas, galleries and pubs. But it is also in Praga that we can find many streets which were undamaged during World War II, and so there are some beautiful pre-war lamp-posts, sidewalks and apartment blocks.

Tour Overview

This is the oldest part of the right-bank Warsaw. The Praga was not destroyed during World War II , and today, becomes a very attended site where many artist chose to open their workshops and ateliers clubs, galleries and alternative theatres.

Tour Details

1) The Zoological Garden
Spread over a vast area of 40 acres, the Warsaw Zoological Garden has over 5000 animals. This garden was founded in the year 1928 to house native animals of Poland such as storks, brown bears and otters. Here you can also find many exotic animal species such as the Rothschild giraffes, African elephants, gibbons, Indian rhinoceros, reptiles, birds and tropical fish. 

2) Church of Our Lady of Loreto (Kościół Matki Bożej Loretańskiej)
Situated in Praga, a district of Warsaw, this aesthetic church features ornate decorations. Church of Our Lady of Loreto is one of the oldest in Praga and stands on the City Hall or Ratuszowa Street. Formerly, it was a chapel that was attached to a Bernardine monastery and a baroque church. 

3) St. Mary Magdalene's Russian Orthodox Church
Poland is famous for its churches and you can find many prominent synagogues and churches in its capital Warsaw. St. Mary Magdalene’s Russian Orthodox Church is a popular emblematic building that was constructed inspired by the Byzantine architecture. 

As a testimony to Russian domination, it was in the late eighteenth century that this church was built over the destroyed St. Andrew’s church. This Orthodox Church was constructed especially to serve the Russian colony living there and for...

4) Monument of the Brotherhood of Arms (Pomnik Braterstwa Broni)
This monument was the first monument erected immediately after World War II. It was created in Warsaw’s Praga district in 1945, and represents four soldiers, Soviet and Polish, with their heads lowered as if they are sleeping on watch. 

5) Ząbkowska Street
One of the prominent landmarks in Warsaw, Zabkowska Street extends from the crossing point of Radzyminska Street and Kaweczynska Street to Targowa Street. This pretty street has a magical ambience and is flocked by locals and tourists from across the world. 

6) Monument of Praga's Backyard Orchestra (Pomnik Praskiej Kapeli Podwórkowej)
Monument of Praga's Backyard Orchestra appeared in 2006, and it represents a local musical group from the times when such musicians traveled the courtyards of the city, especially in the Praga region. They often played regional and popular Warsaw music. 

7) Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel and Florian the Martyr
This Catholic Church is popularly known for its imposing 75 meter high towers that are visible from very far. The church was constructed as much to meet pastoral needs as for responding to Poland’s ‘Russification’. Building this church was more of an act of defiance and protest. 

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