Wroclaw, Breslau, two names for one city (Part 2)

Photo Catherine Gras

After a first post that took us up to the first world conflict, here is the continuation.

Wroclaw is a city of great architectural wealth. When you visit it today, you are definitely in Poland, but for those who are familiar with Berlin and the modernist movements of the early 20th century, many of the buildings have a familiar feel.

Some of the great names of the Bauhaus, Expressionism and other modernist movements that were active in Berlin can be found here.

A walk through the city will reveal buildings from the 1920s and 1930s, such as the Kameleon, a former department stores’ built in 1928 and designed by Erich Mendelsohn:

Or this one, another department stores’, the Renoma, by Hermann Dernburg, built in 1930, whose interior has been completely redone (not in the style of the time unfortunately … or fortunately):

If the modernism of those years attracts you, head for the WuWa district, which was designed as a demonstration by the Bauhaus and completed in 1929:

Among other things, there is a residential building, now a hotel, built by Hans Scharoun:

The city never ceases to surprise us with this museum in a former World War II bunker:

And more modern buildings, like this one, the National Forum of Music, whose interior hall is worth a look:

Not everything that is modern is nice, one area of the city is called Manhattan and has not aged well:

And as you walk around the city, you will not fail to notice the metal dwarfs, several hundred of which are scattered around the city. Of a different nature, this spectacular sculpture disappears under the street only to reappear on the other side:

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