1974 – The Royal Castle
In September 1939, the castle burnt down after German bombing and on 4 October 1939 in Berlin, Adolf Hitler ordered that the castle be blown up; however, the final destruction of the building took place during the Warsaw Uprising between 8 and 13 September 1944. After the destruction from 1944, the only elements to survive were the basements, the lower part of Grodzka Tower, elements of the Royal Library and the Kubicki Arcades. The decision to rebuild the castle was taken by the Sejm on 20 January 1971. Afterwards, the Civic Committee for the Reconstruction of the Royal Castle in Warsaw was established. By July 1974, the castle was reconstructed as a building shell (the plan was to restore it to its condition from before 1939 and recreate elements that were eliminated during earlier reconstructions).
Construction period: 1971 – 1974