Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. Its widely varied architecture reflects the city's long, turbulent history, from Gothic churches and neoclassical palaces to Soviet-era blocks and modern skyscrapers. The city's Old Town was restored after heavy damage during WWII. In 2012 the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Warsaw as the 32nd most livable city in the world. It was also ranked as one of the most livable cities in Central Europe. Today Warsaw is considered an "Alpha–" global city, a major international tourist destination and a significant cultural, political and economic hub. The first historical reference to Warsaw dates back to the year 1313, at a time when Krakow served as the Polish capital city.