King Sigismund's Column (Kolumna Zygmunta)

King Sigismund's Column (Kolumna Zygmunta)

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dnaleciz
Moreno Valley, CA409 contributions
Castle Square located in Old Town, Warsaw, Poland is the home to numerous monuments, statues and buildings which are utterly worth visiting. One of the outstanding monuments is the King Sigismund's Column (Kolumna Zygmunta), Originally erected in 1644, and is one of Warsaw's most famous landmarks The column and statue commemorate King Sigismund III Vasa, who in 1596 moved Poland's capital from Kraków to Warsaw. The original Corinthian column was constructed out of red marble and stood 8.5 meter tall. At the top of the column was a statue of the king dressed in armor. Over the centuries this monument has undergone numerous revisions. The current column now stands at 22 meters in height and adorned by four golden eagles. The king is dressed in armor, with a sword in one hand and holding a cross in the other hand. According to information provided by the Tourist Center, this column was designed by Constantino Tencalla, an Italian architect, Clemente Molli was the sculptor. Daniel Tym, a local bell maker was given the task of casting this bronze statue. In 1681 a wooden fence was put in place surrounding the monument. Many years late the wooden fence was replaced with a permanent iron fence. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the column was renovated several times. A fountain was added in the late 19th century. The bronze statue took a direct hit by German artillery shells and was demolished during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. In 1949 a new reconstructed gray granite column and statue was introduced to Castle Square. The fountain and fence were removed. This beautiful column with its statue is impressive and sits in middle of the square surrounded by attractions which are also well worth a visit. If your visiting Warsaw, this a must visit site.
Written May 19, 2022
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MrMrsHappyR
Liverpool, UK996 contributions
Couples
Impressive column in the Old Town dedicated to one of the former Kings of the 17th Century. It's one of those statues that if you are in the area, you'll see it. There are often talented buskers in the area entertaining the public.
Written October 19, 2021
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PavlaPavla
Chrudim, Czech Republic6,066 contributions
The column and statue commemorate King Sigismund III Vasa, who in 1596 had moved Poland's capital from Kraków to Warsaw. During the Warsaw Uprising, the monument's column was demolished by the Germans. Later the column was restored
and the original broken pieces of the column can still be seen lying next to the Royal Castle which is located in the same square as the column.
Written July 19, 2022
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina64,275 contributions
Business
The column with a statue of King Sigismund, holding a sword in his right hand and a tall cross in his left, on its top was erected in 1644 to commemorate the King‘s moving of Poland’s capital to Warsaw, from its former place in Krakow. The statue was damaged during WW2, and subsequently repaired.
Written July 10, 2019
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Gargio76
Brussels, Belgium3,977 contributions
Couples
This monument is the true center of Warsaw, symbolizes its tortuous past and and is much loved by its inhabitants!

Impossible not to see and not photograph it, is the classic meeting point for tourists and not only! @gargio76
Written September 28, 2016
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,575 contributions
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One of Warsaw's best known monuments, this column stands tall in Plac Zamkowy as you reach the old town. It's very popular as a meeting point for people as it has black steps you can sit on at its base and there is usually a great buzz around with various performance artists playing their trade and tourists milling about.
It's a huge column with the old King Sigismund at the top watching over the city. Unmissable really if you approach the old town from Nowy Swiat.
Written August 14, 2019
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Anna R
Edenthorpe, UK202 contributions
Couples
We sat here most days beneath the column whilst we waited for the Yellow Walking Tours to start. Lots of history which is brought alive by King Sigismund's Columb. The Yellow Umbrella guides will tell you all about him!
Written August 20, 2017
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Paul Legate
St Ives, UK20,065 contributions
Couples
King Sigismund's Column is located in Castle Square and was originally completed in 1644 but in 1944 the monument's column was demolished but after WWII a new column was created and was completed in 1949 and is the column that is seen today. The column is best viewed from the Tower on St Anne's Church.
Written July 24, 2016
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Wolszczak
Warsaw, Poland1,693 contributions
Family
The column is one of the key symbols of Warsaw. It is a popular meeting point and the start of the key tourist trips. The column standing is as all the old town attraction the rebult model. Elements of the old column can be found a few meters away near the Castle.
Written August 17, 2014
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Jolyon67
Melbourne, Australia5,714 contributions
Solo
The original column was built in 1644 by the son of King Sigismund III, to honour his father's achievement in moving the Polish capital from Krakow to Warsaw. It stands proudly 22m tall in the centre of Castle Square. The original red marble column was blown up in WW2 and its shattered remains lie next to the Royal Castle. In his hands the King holds a sword and cross. The only damage he suffered in WW2 was that he lost his sword.
Written August 11, 2014
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