Grzybowski Square

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Grzybowski Square is a triangular square in the ?ródmie?cie (downtown) district of Warsaw, between Twarda, Bagno, Grzybowska and Królewska streets.


17th to 19th centuries

thumb Its history goes back to the early 17th century, when it was an undeveloped space at a crossroads leading to the Ujazdów Castle, the village of S?u?ewiec and the Old Town. From the mid-17th century it became the market square then assumed Jurydyka status named after the owner Jana Grzybowskiego Grzybowem. From 1786-1787, a town hall designed by Karol Schütz was built on the site. In 1791 it became part of the Warsaw area. The town hall building housed a prison from 1809 to 1830. After the demolition of the town hall, a grain market was created at the site, which ran until the end of the 19th century. Also from 1815 the square was gradually built up in a neoclassical style, some of its buildings designed by famous architects such as Antonio Corazzi and Fryderyk Albert Lessel. Overlooking the square, the streets also took on a uniform, neoclassical appearance, and from 1830 the market was called Grzybowski.

On 29 October 1863, during the January uprising, the Russians executed several insurgents in the square: Franciszka Trzask?, Górskiego, Filkiewicza, Chojnackiego.

During this period, Jewish people lived in the area and it was famous for its many small shops offering articles of ironwork.

From 1866, there was a loop line running through the square to Warsaw, which were replaced by double decker buses in 1880, then horse trams, and after 1908 electric trams. Even earlier, in 1855, the new aqueduct Warsaw, built and designed by Henryk Marconi, was brought through the square. Electric lighting came to the square in 1907. In 1897 the market was moved out to Witkowski Square which no longer exists and the square was paved in cobblestones. The interwar period brought no significant changes.

World War II

During the Siege of Warsaw in 1939, bombs and missiles fell on the square and the surrounding area. Some houses were destroyed and had to be demolished in 1940.

In November 1940, Grzybowski Square was part of the Warsaw Ghetto, and a wall separated the area from the non-Jewish side. In March 1941, the area of the Jewish quarter was reduced by setting its border along the east side of the square. After the liquidation of the Ghetto, in August 1942, the "small ghetto" was closed and the area became available to the rest of the Warsaw population.

During heavy fighting in the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, two houses and a church were partially damaged, and after the collapse of the uprising, the Germans burned the western side of the square and also destroyed the Arona Serdynera Synagogue.

The present

thumb Despite post-war reconstruction plans for only a partial reconstruction of the church and for a great realist market, many houses and buildings were demolished and only Pró?na Street exists from the old ghetto. The church was rebuilt and in 1966-67 a new post-modern Jewish Theatre building designed by Bohdan Pniewski was built. The synagogue wasn't rebuilt, and in its place now is 44-storey Cosmopolitan Twarda 2/4 apartment building. At the center of the square a monument to the Polish underground.

The tram lines no longer exist but in a restoration Grzybowski Square from 2009-2011 a reminder of their tracks still shows.