Warsaw University Library Roof Garden

Recently I spent a few days in Warsaw, Poland. The apartment overlooked a very interesting green building covered in ivy. The University of Warsaw Library.

When I found out that there is a garden on top of the roof I had to investigate further. I didn’t understand much of the sign but humans were walking into the lower levels of the gardens so I followed.

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There were a few steps up to the lower garden so it took a while for me with my short legs.

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It was all very green and peaceful despite being in the middle of a big city.

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I had a little rest next to the stream.

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There are interesting structures waiting for plants to grow all over them.

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A great view at the top of the steps leading to the upper garden.

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I peered into the big round window and could see some statues plus lots of books and people reading at tables.

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The dome behind me lets light into the building.

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This circle of glass windows has a round courtyard at the bottom and lets light into the library.

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Excellent view across the river through the giant binoculars.

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Weird things on the roof that were probably to do with ventilation or heating.

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Another weird thing…

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I go stuck here for a while and had to ask a human to lift me down.

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The big arch of steps going up over the main structure was closed to bears. I think only staff can use it.

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Ice plants grow really well on the roof. It has taken the gardeners a while to find which plants like the rooftop environment. Also Poland is warm in summer but gets very very cold in winter so plants have to be very hardy.

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This looks a bit like I mght be on another planet.

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Tired legs are catered for with plenty of seating for bears and humans to rest and enjoy the view.

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In the next photo I am looking into the distance at the tallest building in Poland; the Palace of Science & Culture.

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Another smaller bridge that visitors are allowed to walk over.

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Can you spot me on the bridge?

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If you ever visit Warsaw this garden is really worth a visit and it is free to go in.

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More information here:

http://www.greenroofs.com/projects/pview.php?id=1095

Horace the Alresford Bear 17/9/18

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