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"Copernicus Monument" Monument to Nicolaus Copernicus Tip by Airpunk

  Copernicus Monumment
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  • Copernicus Monumment - Warsaw
      Copernicus Monumment
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  • Copernicus Monumment - Warsaw
      Copernicus Monumment
    by Airpunk

Although some Germans may think otherwise, Nicolaus Copernicus is regarded as one of the most famous Poles of all times. Like Galileo, he challenged the world of the Catholic church in the Renaissance proving that the Earth orbits the Sun.
The monument was designed by the Danish artist Bertel Throvaldsen and cast in Warsaw in 1823. Like many other bronze monuments - for example, Hanover's Martin Luther- it was removed for metal melting. Warsaw's Copernicus monument was removed right after the Warsaw Uprising in which it was badly damaged. Unlike Luther, the original monument was never found. However, the original casting mould was found in Denmark, so that right after WWII a new Copernicus monument was placed on the old spot. Today, there are copies of this monument in other cities of the world, including Chicago.

Directions: At Nowy Swiat, close to the University

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