The Cartographer. Warsaw, 1: 400,000

  • Juan Mayorga
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)


In January 2008, theatre took me to the city of Warsaw for the very first time. One morning, free of any prior engagement, I set out on a walk and allowed myself be guided by the map which had been given to me by the hotel reception. I was returning to the hotel for a bite to eat, having visited the now restored old quarter, when I happened upon what seemed to be an old church. But as I came closer I saw that the building, in front of which stood a police car, was in fact not a church but rather a synagogue. I had never been inside a synagogue, although I did at that moment recall how, as a child in Madrid, I had walked many a time past a building, which I remember hearing was a synagogue, on my way to the public library in the street named after Philip the Fair. There was always, as indeed in the case here, a police car parked outside the front door.


Public Library Front Door Spatial Strategy Mila Street Urban Legend 
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