Archive for January 20th, 2012

Chmielna 73

Friday, 20 January 2012

The last remains of the Warsaw – Vienna Railway, Warszawa Centralna in the background.
Photo Tomasz D.

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The building would appear to have once extended further to the North. Photo Tomasz D.

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The richness of detail betrays the building’s illustrious origins. Photo Tomasz D.

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This rather modest building in a Warsaw back street is the only architectural remains in the capital of the Warsaw – Vienna Railway. The railway was built between 1840 and 1848 and its construction was at that time the most ambitious railway project in Europe.

A magnificent terminus was built in Warsaw at the location presently occupied by the Centrum station on the Warsaw metro. Sadly nothing remains of the main station building, but this little hut close to the station throat provides a direct link to the past.

Recently the site on which the building stands was acquired from PKP by a Czech development company. The Warsaw City Conservator of Monuments has declared that the building has no architectural merit. And another priceless piece of Poland’s railway history will shortly be bulldozed into rubble.