"Traveller, nudist, prince or marshal?" Top 5 Page for this destination Warsaw Things to Do Tip by matcrazy1
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This guy riding a horse stands in front of the Presidential Palace. His nude legs outraged conservative locals in 1816 and they had to wait over 100 years to be shown off in Warsaw. I couldn't notice how long was his ancient tunic as this part of his man's body was covered by snow.
Apart from the nudity, the statue was soon banned for political reasons by Russian authorities ruling the city. But surprisingly the nude legs didn't confuse Russian soldiers (wouldn't they prefer a pretty woman?) in Modlin Fortress (50 km north of Warsaw) called that time Novogeorgiyevsk. But it disturbed their commanders and "the nude legs" were deported eastwards to Homyel (southeastern Belarus now) in 1840 where Ukrainian named Ivan Paskevich (born in Poltava, central Ukraine) took care of the statue standing on the court of his private palace. The statue survived Russian Civil War and Polish-Soviet War 1919-1921 and eventually managed to cross bolshevik-Polish border in 1922 to take a longer rest at Saski Square in Warsaw. The traveller died during WWII but was later succesfully cloned and put at his present place in 1965. I would like to follow his travels someday.
The statue of Polish prince and marshal of France, Jozef Poniatowski (born 1763 in Vienna, Austria) was designed by famous Danish sculptor Thorwaldsen, the son of an Icelander whose works I saw in Louvre Museum in Paris and in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican. Well, I skipped his museum in Copenhagen :-(.
I can't stop laughing: one guy + one horse and their story involving 10 countries! And there is a Danish heavy metal band called Red Warszawa! That's Europe!
Address: Krakowskie Przedmiescie 46/48, Warszawa
Directions: In downtown/centre. From the Castle Square walk southwards Krakowskie Przedmiescie some 10 min, the monument on the left. Map here
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