Warsaw Old Town was built in the 13th Century, became a slum by the early 1900s, and then started to be made beautiful again by the 1930s. And then World War II happened. The Germans blew up every bit of the town that was left after the Warsaw Uprising, and if you get a chance to Google photos of the 1945 Warsaw ruins, they’re heartbreaking. Once the war ended, the people of Poland spent the next ten years rebuilding the city out of the rubble left behind, salvaging as many of the original details as they could, using the work of the king’s court painter in the 1700s, Bernardo Bellotto, as a guide. Old Town is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Photo taken at: Warsaw, Poland