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  Sigismund's Column
by Airpunk
  • Sigismund's Column - Warsaw
      Sigismund's Column
    by Airpunk
  • Sigismund's Column - Warsaw
      Sigismund's Column
    by Airpunk

Located in front of Castle Square, it was erected in commemoration of moving the Royal Residence from Kraków to Warsaw. On top of the Corinthian Column, you will see a statue of King Zygmunt Vasa who was the head behind the idea of moving the capital closer to his Swedish homelands and also closer to the Tsarian throne of Moscow, which he was eyeing too. On one hand he holds a cross, symbolizing his close link to the church, on the other a sword to defend his country. A legend says that whenever Poland is in danger, his sword begins to rattle. The original column was erected in 1644 and was made of red marble. Later, it was refurbished and rebuilt several times and replaced by a column of granite. In 1944, it was destroyed by the Nazis and replaced after the war by an almost identical copy. It is said that this statue was the first secular statue in Europe to be placed on a column after the fall of the Roman Empire.

Directions: In front of the Royal Palace, at the border to the old town
Phone: 48223555170
Website: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/30

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  • Written Oct 25, 2011
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