The most popular abandoned building in Warsaw
If you live in Warsaw you probably have seen it. The majestic round red building, which is a dream of each urban explorer. Abandoned Gasworks is one of the most known abandoned places in Warsaw. We had wanted to visit it. And one day, our dream came true. We took one, high ladder and we went to the gasworks at 6 am. We jumped over the fence and our adventure started. We explored this Warsaw colosseum. Views inside were astonishing. We went higher and higher admiring this object. We got on the top and we saw a security guard. That was the end of our trip, we had to run away. Fortunately, he didn’t see us. We had a lot of luck. This trip was interrupted, but we were satisfied. We took only pictures and… memories.
An Abandoned Gasworks History
Abandoned gasworks is amazing, but what’s the story of this place? Warsaw gasworks’ history dates back to the 19th century. Here was produced gas for illuminating Warsaw streets. There were 92 gas lanterns in the city. The amount of gas produced there was insufficient for the entire city. That’s why it was decided to build two more buildings. These buildings are on each map of abandoned places.
The gasworks barely survived 2WW. At the beginning of the war, an artillery shell hit the colosseum, which contained 23,000 cubic meters of gas. The gas ignited but fortunately did not explode. The next day production of gas was stopped. At the end of September, the second tank was attacked as well. As a result of gasworks fires surrounding buildings were destroyed.
During the Warsaw Uprising, the gasworks was still working. The plant area was a shelter for many people running away from the Nazis. On the 8th of August 1944, this place was taken by Germans and they announced that everyone has to leave a gasworks in 20 minutes. Fortunately, the troopers were hired to another action and the gasworks conquest were canceled. Unfortunately, nothing can last forever. 22th of September, Germans closed the plant and stole all the devices. The area was mined, but the mines were not detonated. We know about 18 mines left there. Only 17 of them were found. What happened with the last one? We don’t know. It may not exist or may still be in the gasworks area.
How To Get To An Abandoned Gasworks
We visited this place 3 years ago. The entry was easy then, but today is almost impossible. There are an additional fence and more cameras. A security guard is more vigilant. The owners of this place know that it’s a pretty nice place for urbex and they definitely don’t want any guest there. We would like to return to this place, but we know that is a huge risk. If you want to explore it, remember – you enter at your own risk.
Abandoned Gasworks Photography
We find the gasworks to be one of the most beautiful abandoned places. We are still impressed by its splendor. We would like to share with you our photos. We hope you’ll enjoy them.