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Reconstructed Warsaw in Photos
May 27, 2011   
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Stay Loyal to This Heritage! is the title of an exhibition of artistic and documentary photographs of historic buildings in Warsaw which were reconstructed after World War II. The exhibition is organized by the Artibus—Muzyka, Obraz, Słowo (Music, Image, Word) foundation.

The title is a quotation from an address to young people in Poland that Pope John Paul II gave on his first trip to Poland as pontiff on June 3, 1979.

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), more than 85 percent of Warsaw’s historic center was destroyed by Nazi German troops during World War II. After the war, a five-year reconstruction campaign resulted in a meticulous restoration of the city’s Old Town, with its churches, palaces and town houses which symbolize Polish culture and national identity.

The organizers of the exhibition say they want to use this artistic combination of contemporary photographs and historical images to help audiences in Poland and abroad learn many little known facts about the destruction of Warsaw’s Royal Castle and Old Town during the war and the enormous reconstruction effort that followed. The photographs come with captions in Polish and English.

The exhibition, organized under the auspices of Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, will open June 8 at St. Barbara’s Church in Warsaw. The Warsaw Voice is a media partner of the exhibition.

St. Barbara’s Church; 51 Nowogrodzka St.
Open through July 7, Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission
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