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It was first established as a fort called Brodno in the 9th Century.
Today, Warsaw is recognized as a global city, known for its tourist draw, high number of palaces and aristocrat's mansions, beautiful gardens, and for surviving numerous wars - most notably World War II, during which 85% of its structures were destroyed.
People Born in Warsaw
Warsaw in People's Lives
Connie Talbot: I traveled here in 2008, at the age of 8, to be a guest and performer on a TV show.
Joseph Conrad: My family and I moved here when I was three years old, in May of 1861, from the smaller town of Berdichev. The reason for our move was so that my father could join the resistance against Russia, but unfortunately this led to him being imprisoned in the Warsaw Citadel. I would later write that recalling standing in the Citadel courtyard going to visit my father were where "my childhood memories began." My family left this city in May of 1862, after only one troubled year here, when my father and our family was exiled to Vologda, a forgotten town in the middle of nowhere, known for its bitterly cold weather.
Otto Rank: I came here in 1915, stationed here in the army during World War I. As a soldier, I gained an assurance and confidence that I had never before possessed, and, while before I had always leaned heavily on Sigmund Freud and looked to him for influence and guidance, I now became my own man. I became chief editor of the army's newspaper, and was introduced to a charming girl named Beata by her aunt. We began courting, and married in 1918, traveling back to Vienna together later in the year.
Viktoria Tolstoy: I performed a concert here in 2011, at the Sala Kongresawa.
Zuzanna Bijoch: As one of the top Polish models in high fashion, I have visited and worked in this city numerous times. I am agency represented by D-Vision here.