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This statue of brave "Polish cowboy" with a sabre in his left raised hand and a "pirate-style" pistol behind a belt wrapped around his middle is dedicated to Kilinski, Warsaw shoemaker and leader of uprising against Russians in 1774.
This statue on a very high post stood on Krasinski Square before WWII (picture here). In its new, the 3rd after WWII location the post is simply too high. Many mistakes and architecturally wrong decisions were made during reconstruction of Warsaw from huge WWII damages, often from political reasons. The fact that Kilinski was a shomaker (worker's class) convicted communst regime to re-store his monument although Kilinski thought against Russians. Other Polish heroes, like marshal Pilsudski, were not that luccky, and their monuments had to wait until 1990' to be restored.
Jan Kilinski was a very succesful shoemaker who moved from Poznan (it's closer to Berlin) to Warsaw at age 20 and soon his shoes became very fashinable among Warsaw ladies including those luckiers living in the Royal Castle. Some malicious historicians claim that not shoes but his hansome body and hot-tempered character atracted the ladies. Indeed, quite many ladies love handsome and rich ne'er-do-well even now. Never mind, listen to me shomakers of the 21st century (one in my hometown, are there any more? :-), Kilinski earned so much money (well, in the capital of quite large state) that he soon could buy a tenement house in the Old Town (5, Szeroki Dunaj - quite a large house!). Soon he got married to... 16 years old girl, some 15 years younger than Kilinski. Was it legal to have a kiddy woman?
Captured by Russiand Kilinski was improsoned in St. Petersburg and released after 2 years. He moved to Vilnius and then back to Warsaw when he continued to make shoes. Some 30,000 people came to his funeral.
Address: Ul Podwale, Warszawa, Polska
Directions: By the Old Town city walls where Piekarska Street cross the walls. Map here
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