The city tour will surprise and delight anyone who loves fine architecture, beautiful parks and vibrant capital cities as well as giving a sense of the important role Warsaw has played in modern history. The tour starts at the hub of the Old Town: Market Square and continues with St. John’s Cathedral, the Barbican and Castle Square; a drive along the Royal Route with its numerous churches, monuments, historic buildings and palaces, past the Parliament; a walk through the grand Łazienki Park with its Palace on the Water, and Chopin’s monument. The Royal Castle is a symbol of Polish statehood, where many important historic events took place, including the passing of the first Polish Constitution in 1791. The castle dates back to the 13th century, though it owes its current shape to the early Baroque period. A tour of the castle presents its magnificent interiors: the Court Rooms, the Parliamentary Rooms and the Royal Apartments. Numerous paintings displayed there include portraits of Polish monarchs and the works of Bernardo Bellotto Canaletto.