The on-line transmission from the flight

2017-10-17 16:13:13

Saski Park and Piłsudski Square at night.

The Piłsudski Square

THE GREAT IMPROVISATION

A spacious plaza in the city centre, one of the focal points in the history of the city and its citizens', has been a theatre of emotional upheaval for Poles.

Formerly, it used to be the courtyard of the Saski Palace and a part of a great urban scheme, Saska Axis, constructed by King Augustus II the Strong. In the period of partitions, when Poland lost its independence for over a century, the square hosted drills and military parades under the watchful eye of the Great Prince Constantine. It was here where the Russian occupant erected a monument for seven Polish officers who chose the side of the oppressor in the November Uprising of 1830. It had been standing for over fifty years, from 1841 to 1894. After that, an enormous Orthodox church was built (1894-1912). St. Alexandre Nevski's church was supposed to demonstrate the dominance the Orthodox belief in the region.

“Open-heart surgery.” The reconstruction of the Saski Palace unveiled extraordinary cross-section of the four centuries in the history of Crown Warsaw, the predecessor of modern metropolis. This discovery should influence the plans for the reconstruction of Piłsudski Square.

In this place in 1979 r. John Paul II spoke words of geat historical significance: I call, I, a son of the Polish soil and I, John Paul II, pope, I call from the depths of this millennium, on the eve of the holiday of the Descent, I call together with all of you: {Lord.} let Your Spirit come down and renew the face of the earth. And of this land.

 

 

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