Reborn after suffering massive damages during World War II, Warsaw has little to offer in terms of historical architecture. In only two areas can its old glory be glimpsed—the well-restored boroughs of the Stare Miasto (Old Town) and in the Nowe Miasto (New Town). These two consist the oldest part of Warsaw, though Stare Miasto is older still than Nowe Miasto by a few centuries.

Warsaw is a mostly modern city, despite some reminders of the past. Soviet-era buildings mingle with modern office skyscrapers, new residential complexes and shopping centres. Culturally, Warsaw is a treasure trove, with its museums offering relics and records of Poland’s battle-scarred and war-torn past through the centuries.

Warsaw is home to many multinational companies, global organizations, and a growing expatriate population. The city is divided into 18 boroughs, called dzielnica, with the city centre Śródmieście as its most important one.


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