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Polonia Palace Hotel Turns 100
August 1, 2013   
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Heads of diplomatic missions in Poland in July attended the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the missions and consulates that were housed in the Polonia Palace Hotel in Warsaw from 1945 to 1951.

The ceremony, held under the auspices of Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski, took place July 9, coinciding with the centennial of the Polonia Palace Hotel, located on the corner of Marszałkowska Street and Jerozolimskie Avenue, in the heart of Warsaw.

First opened July 14, 1913, the Polonia Hotel went on to play a special role in the history of Poland’s diplomatic relations with other countries. After World War II reduced the city center to ruins and rubble, the Polonia Hotel was the only building left intact. Consequently, starting in 1945, a total of 19 countries opened their consulates and other diplomatic missions in the building. The hotel also became home to the Polish offices of many international organizations, including the Red Cross. Never before had so many diplomatic missions been housed in one hotel building. Diplomats who worked in Warsaw in those days later fondly recalled an exceptional sense of community. Excerpts from the diplomats’ memoirs were available for reading during the ceremony July 9.

Diplomatic missions remained in the Polonia Hotel until 1951, when diplomats from Belgium and Egypt were the last to move out.
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