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Warsaw (Warszawa in Polish), Poland’s largest city and the location of the Polish government and president, was once known as the "Paris of the North" because of its fine architecture and culture. The "Phoenix City" is another name given to the capital because of the manner in which its citizens have constantly rebuilt this city from the rubble and ashes of numerous wars and occupations. After World War II, when 80% of the city was destroyed, Warsaw was rebuilt and redeveloped and is still doing so at a rapid pace with one of the fastest developing skyscraper skylines in Europe. The UNESCO recognized Old Town, listed as a World Heritage Site contains the Royal Castle, a reminder of the strong sense of history that still lives on today. The Palace of Science and Culture, given to the city as a so-called present from Stalin, is one of the city’s most distinctive buildings despite being a stark reminder of the recent history of oppression. Despite its dark past, optimism now rules in the capital city with a sense of energy and dynamism in the air that has brought a new sense of belief to its citizens. This is typified by the fact that in 2012, Warsaw will host the opening match of the football European Championships at the newly built Polish National Stadium.

Warsaw is located on the Vistula River in the heart of the Masovian Plain. With a population of approximately 1.7 million peopleincluding the metropolitan area, it is the 9th largest populated city in the European Union. The majority of tourist attractions are located in the borough of Srodmiescie, which includes the Old Town, New Town, Royal Route, Lazienki Park and the city centre. There are a total of 18 districts in Warsaw. Praga, one of the few districts which was not so badly destroyed during World War II, has bloomed into one of the most popular places to live and spend time in with a flourishing arts scene. In the districts of Mokotow and Zoliborz examples of social-realist architecture can be found. The southern part of Wilanow marks the border of the city and this is where the Wilanow Palace, which dates back to the 17th century can be explored and admired. The former Jewish community that were enclosed inside the Ghetto is located in Mirow and Muranow districts. Few remnants survive of Jewish Warsaw but places worth visiting are the Memorial of the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto, the small remains of the former ghetto walls, the Nozyk Synagogue and Okopowa Jewish Cemetery, the largest in Warsaw.

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