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Warsaw, which was one of the most lively and cosmopolitain cities in Europe before the 2nd World War, was destroyed in 1944. When visiting, you will feel a deep respect and great admiration for its surviving citizens who have been able to make Warsaw arise again from its ruins.
Warsaw is the national centre of culture and learning. It hosts the Polish Academy of Science, 13 higher education institutions, about 27 museums and 20 theatres, the national philharmonic, and opera and operetta companies. Warsaw plays host to several important cultural events, including the International Chopin Piano Competition every five years, the annual Warsaw Autumn Modern Music Festival in September, the International Book Fair in May, the International Jazz Jamboree Festival in October and the Warsaw Poetry Autumn. Warsaw is also Poland's largest industrial centre.
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