Marszałkowska Street, Warsaw

Marszałkowska Street
Length 3.6 km (2.2 mi)
Location Warsaw
South end Union of Lublin Square
North end Bank Square

Marszałkowska (lit. Marshal Street) is one of the main thoroughfares of Warsaw's city center. It links Bank Square in its north sector with Plac Unii Lubelskiej (Union of Lublin Square) in the south.


Contrary to a common urban legend that attributes the name to Marshal of Poland Józef Piłsudski, the street's name actually relates to 18th-century Grand Marshal of the Crown Franciszek Bieliński.[1][2]

Marszałkowska street was established by Franciszek Bieliński and opened in 1757.[2] It was much shorter then, running only from Królewska Street to Widok Street.[3]

The street was almost entirely destroyed during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944.[3] Rebuilding of Warsaw after World War II coincided with emergence of socialist realism, which greatly influenced the surrounding urban architecture.

Historical images

Features (before the war)


  1. "Warsaw History". Retrieved 2008-09-18.
  2. 1 2 "Ul. Marszałkowska" (PDF). Ilustrowany Atlas Dawnej Warszawy (in Polish). Retrieved 2008-09-18.
  3. 1 2 Dobrosław Kobielski (1984). Widoki dawnej Warszawy (Views of Old Warsaw) (in Polish). Warsaw: Krajowa Agencja Wydawnicza. ISBN 83-03-00702-5.

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Coordinates: 52°13′45″N 21°00′44″E / 52.22917°N 21.01222°E / 52.22917; 21.01222

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