Today I would like to answer one question first. It's about my capitol city Warsaw. I have to say that this question surprised me because I have never notice it. And here is the question:
"I would love to know more about your country and Polish culture. Also, please tell me why the capital city of your country is called 'Warsaw'? Is it because of the devastating war it saw during second world war?
So I decided to write about it.
There are many legends about it how this city comes into being. But firstly you have to understand that in our language Warsaw is written and pronounce Warszawa. One legend says that name of city becomes from mythical people - Wars and Sawa. Sawa was a mermaid and she was in love with Wars.
The other story tells that name come from shout "Warz Sawa". Sailors shouted it when they reached a bank and they wanted to honor a good cook who lived in Warszawa.
But there is also historical explanation. In medieval Warszawa was called also Warszewa or Warszowa. It means that this lands where now is situated Warszawa, belonged to Warsz. Warsz was shortened form from Warcisław. I know that it's a little confusing now.
Maybe you don't know but Warsaw was completely destroyed during Second World War. One of destroyed buildings was Royal Castle and Old Town. I don't have my own photography of it but you can check it on the Internet. So castle was devastated by Swedish, German and Russian armies. But it was rebuilt and now it's on the list of UNESCO World Heritage. I think that it's interesting because as I remember from my classes our Royal Castle and Old Town are so faithful copies that they are excellent example for the entire world how historical monuments should be rebuilt.
I think that history is very important in our lives. In next post I will show you my city. For me, it's beautiful and I love it. We also have a palace but unfortunately it's still devastated and empty. We have also a lot of gardens. When it is spring it seems that everything is green.
We also have our urban legends. For example there is very old and ruined bridge which is called "Devil's Bridge". In the past it was called "Angelic Bridge" because it was decorated with statues of saints. The legend says that once a year there is a convention of devils and bad spirits and witches. So it's now called "Devil's Bridge". According to the other legend there is a hidden treasure under the bridge which is protected by devil.
And are you interested in yours local history? I love to read about history of my city because then I can imagine how it looked in the past.
Thanks for reading it