Warsaw’s lost architecture portrayed in miniature

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Warsaw’s lost architecture portrayed in miniature
In this Oct. 2, 2014 photo a worker finishes one of the miniature replicas of Warsaw’s lost buildings, that were demolished by the Nazis during World War II, in Warsaw, Poland / © Alik Keplicz/Associated Press
Warsaw’s lost architecture portrayed in miniature
In this Oct. 2, 2014 photo a worker finishes one of the miniature replicas of Warsaw’s lost buildings, that were demolished by the Nazis during World War II, in Warsaw, Poland / © Alik Keplicz/Associated Press

Many splendid pieces of Warsaw’s architecture are gone or disfigured forever — victims of war and communism. But now some can be appreciated again — in miniature.

The fate of some of Warsaw’s architectural gems reflects the tragic story of a city that went through years of war, then decades of communism in which buildings were torn down or neglected. Generations of residents have grown up unaware of the past splendor of the city once called the “Paris of the North.”

Rafal Kunach, an economist-turned-builder with a childhood passion for city models, wants to change all that.

“I wanted to show the Warsaw that is no more,” Kunach said.

By 2018, he hopes to have 50 miniature replicas of Warsaw’s lost buildings, including railway stations, a synagogue and houses from the once-thriving Jewish district that was demolished by the Nazis. So far his team of historians, architects and builders has created 10 miniature reconstructions of the lost buildings at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars. ….

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