Sigismund column

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Pl. Zamkowy, Warsaw, Poland

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Airpunk Airpunk
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Sigismund's Column Dec 10, 2010
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.
Sigismund's Column, Warsaw
Sigismund's Column, Warsaw
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Pearl510 Pearl510
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Interesting statue in front of the castle Jul 22, 2008
The Sigismund column is the oldest secular statue in Warsaw, and is 22 meters high. It is a monument of the king, therefore standing in front of the palace, and was build in 1944. The statue was however destroyed by German bombs during the war. The remains of the original are now buried underneath the castle and it is said that touching them brings luck. In 1049 the monument was re-erected. What you see today is not a complete copy, as the figure itself did survived the bombs and is still the original piece.

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