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City Break to Wroclaw, Poland

Another monument that we visited during our visit to Wroclaw, and which again reflected the horrors that Poland had to endure in recent history was the ‘Mausoleum of Prisoners Monument’ at the nearby site of the Nazi Gross-Rosen Concentration Camp

Our visit was part of a whole day private tour that we took and I will be covering Gross-Rosen as part of a separate feature on the whole tour in due course.

Last Edited by Solent_Richard at 17 Aug 08:22

Another illustration of the horrors that the Polish nation have had to endure is the Pomnik Ofiar UPA Memorial…

The Wołyń crime was an anti-Polish ethnic cleansing carried out by Ukrainian nationalists, in the form of ethnic cleansing and genocide between the years 1943-1945. On 11 July 1943, the Ukrainian UPA units attacked about 150 Polish towns.

Its perpetrators – Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, faction of Stepan Bandera (OUN-B) and her armed arm The Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) in their own documents planned the extermination of the Polish population as the “anti-Polish action”.

According to estimates by Polish historians, the Ukrainian nationalists murdered around 100,000 in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia in 1943-1945. Poles. Nearly 60,000 died in Wołyń and some 20-40 thousand in Eastern Galicia.

Another illustration of the horrors that the Polish nation have had to endure is the Pomnik Ofiar UPA Memorial…

As I have already mentioned, Wroclaw, and indeed Poland, have a history and experienced that has not been good: due mainly to there geographical position.

The country has been subject to more than their fare share of human atrocities and a number of those are recalled in Wroclaw.

One particular memorial in Wroclaw that I set out to visit was the Katyń Massacre Memorial…

At least 111,091 people were executed during the Polish Operation of the Russian NKVD.

Fossil wrote:

Have you considered investing in a drone. They are quite popular with some of our Guild photography members use them as it enables them to get shots from positions that are not normally possible. They are good for arial videos and pictures especially of locations, including ships. In your instance imagine sitting on your balcony whilst the drone is flying out into the Solent to give you better defined shots of the cruise ships.

Yes.

Solent_Richard wrote:

It was one of those annoying places for a photographer, so difficult to get an angle that shows the whole building.

Have you considered investing in a drone. They are quite popular with some of our Guild photography members use them as it enables them to get shots from positions that are not normally possible. They are good for arial videos and pictures especially of locations, including ships. In your instance imagine sitting on your balcony whilst the drone is flying out into the Solent to give you better defined shots of the cruise ships.

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@Solent_Richard wrote:

Your second suggestion is the correct one

Love it

Great bridge shot, you should add it to the bridges thread.

Essex UK

coolonespa wrote:

Looks like its built on a hill Richard, or was the 4Km walk from the bar in the hotel?

Your second suggestion is the correct one @coolonespa

It is just visible from the other side of the Zwierzyniecki Bridge…

It was one of those annoying places for a photographer, so difficult to get an angle that shows the whole building.

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@Solent_Richard wrote:

the Hala Ludowa or Centennial hall.

Looks like its built on a hill Richard, or was the 4Km walk from the bar in the hotel?

Essex UK

One afternoon during our visit to Wroclaw we walked the 4 Km from our hotel to one of our target historical buildings, the Hala Ludowa or Centennial hall.

I say ‘historic’ but compared with other buildings in the ‘Old Town’ the Hala Ludowa is relatively a babe having been built between 1911–1913 when the city was part of the German Empire.

Max Berg designed Centennial Hall to serve as a multifunctional structure to host "exhibitions, concerts, theatrical and opera performances, and sporting events and nearby other tourist attractions have now been constructed including the Wrocław Zoo, the Japanese Garden, and the Pergola with its Multimedia Fountain.

As an early landmark of reinforced concrete architecture, the building became one of Poland’s official national Historic Monuments (Pomnik historii), as designated April 20, 2005, together with the Four Domes Pavilion, the Pergola, and the Iglica. Its listing is maintained by the National Heritage Board of Poland. It was also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006.

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