Welcome to Warsaw: The Phoenix City
Date: Sunday, August 5
Times: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm and 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Meeting and ending point: lobby of the Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Centre
Grzybowska Street 63
Price: 275 PLN/person
Number of people: max 25 people; min 10
Led by a professional guide and accompanied by a TJHT staff member throughout
Join us in exploring Warsaw: The Phoenix City
Taube Jewish Heritage Tours invites participants of the 38th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Warsaw, for a journey through Warsaw’s Old Town, with its 15th century Jewish roots and its Central European charm.
By the eve of World War II, over 350,000 Jews lived in Warsaw. Jews were present in all areas of social, cultural and economic life in the capital. Beginning with the bombardment of the city on September 1, 1939, the left bank of the city was all but leveled to the ground by the Germans by the end of the war. Today, Warsaw known as the Phoenix City, is a booming and vibrant hub, though spaces, scars and memorials mark its traumatic and turbulent past. We will begin exploring the city in the Old Town, and follow the Royal Route, the city’s most representative boulevard to Pilsudski Square, The Saxon Gardens, and Grzybowski Square. The tour will conclude with a visit to the Nozyk Synagogue, a symbol of Jewish continuity in Warsaw.
” Castle Square, which forms the entrance into the Old Town. The Royal Castle once served as the official residence of the Polish monarchs, as well as presidents of the 2nd Polish Republic in the interwar period. The 1644 Sigismund’s Column, the oldest Polish secular monument, commemorates the Polish king who moved the national capital from Krakow.
” Presidential Palace, the Polish “White House”, a neoclassical building which now serves as the official residence and office of Polish heads of state.
” The iconic Bristol Hotel and University of Warsaw’s main campus.
” Church of St. Joseph of the Visitationists, one of the most notable Baroque-style churches in Warsaw.
” Saxon Gardens, a public park in central Warsaw. It is the oldest public park in the city dating back to the early 18th century.
” Pilsudski Square, Warsaw’s largest square, used over the centuries for military parades and national celebrations, was a once a square in front of the now non-existent Saski Palace, which was blown up by the Germans near the end of World War II. The only part of the palace that remained is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a listing of battles and wars fought by Poland adorn its columns. Among those listed is the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943.
” The Nozyk Synagogue was built in 1898-1902 by Zalman and Rywka Nozyk who lived in the neighborhood on Prozna Street. The synagogue was restored several times after World War II having survived as a stables and a storehouse. The only synagogue to have endured the Communist period as well, it serves Warsaw’s growing Jewish community.
Let your curiosity get the better of you and join us to discover the secrets of Warsaw’s Old Town. On Taube Jewish Heritage Tours, you are not merely a passive observer, but rather, an active participant in memorable journeys into time and place!