The Hidden Gates
Camera info: Canon Rebel 350D • lens 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
ISO 100 • f 3.5 • 1/250 sec
The city gate. Go back in time, and this was the one way to get past the fortress-like walls. It was the way to avoid the deep moat that protected the city. It was the gate where visitors and merchants and dignitaries alike first set foot in Warsaw. But after WWII, it was underground.
During the Warsaw Polish Uprising in 1944, the Nazis razed most of the city. After the War, the people slowly began to rebuild Warsaw on top of the ruins. The new city began to grow and thrive again, though they did not forget their history. Rebuilding was a long process, and many ruins remained for decades. Finally, in the 1980’s, some ruins were cleared out to reveal these gates, hidden next to the old Ghetto wall beside the city’s moat.
The are obviously no longer used as the city gates, considering they are at a level well below where the current city is built. But they are preserved here as a reminder of the city’s rich history, and all the people of Warsaw endured.
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