Warsaw is the name of the capital city of Poland. Also Poland's largest city, this urban area of 1.7 million people sits on the Vistula River in eastern Poland.
Around 80 percent of Warsaw was destroyed during World War II, so much of the city is made up of new construction. Some of it is modeled on the traditional architecture, but much of it reflects the influence of Soviet building styles foisted on the country by the Soviet Union during the communist period. Unlike many European cities, Warsaw does feature skyscrapers. Warsaw became Poland's capital in 1596, when the parliament voted to move its seat from Krakow, the second-largest city in the country, which lies in the south.