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The Angel of Freedom @ Solidarity Square
Ranked #14 of 61 things to do in Szczecin
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Stavanger, Norway
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“angel”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

Angel is built in tribute to those killed in 1970. I think that is really worth to see it to rate the value of the architecture. To me it seems a huge monument and difficult to not notice. And it is also important to arouse the interest and excitement.

Visited November 2011
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“A meaningful monument in city centre”
Reviewed August 22, 2010

Angel of Freedom is one of Szczecin's most recent attractions, located at Solidarity Square (Plac Solidarnosci), only few steps from The Pomeranian Castle, the Castle Route and the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul and also only five minute walk from Rodla Square. I would strongly recommend checking it out, not only due to location close to other major attractions but also due to its interesting history.
It's a massive (9 tonnes), 11-metre tall angel holding a crown of thorns with word 'Grudzien1970' (Polish for 'December 1970') written on it. The angel is standing in a small boat and crushing concrete blocks around it as the creature emerges from the underground. There are also four memorial plaques scattered around the monument with the names of all 16 people killed at this very square on December 17th 1970.
It's an important and meaningful monument dedicated to the victims of incident that took place in Szczecin but was also part of country-wide strikes against communist authorities' decision to drastically increase prices of food. The strikes initially started in Gdansk, Gdynia and Szczecin shipyards and then spread to city centres, bringing casualties to both sides. More than 100 people were injured and 16 killed in Szczecin itself when the communist police and army forces opened fire to protesting crowds at Solidarity Square. Many of those killed were in their teens and twenties, local students fighting for their rights and dignity, and many were said to be only passers-by...
It is believed that these events played a huge role in compromising some of the communist leaders and were an important step in a fight to end communism in Poland.
The Angel was created by sculptor Prof. Czeslaw Dzwigaj (well known for Pope John Paul II monuments) and presented to the public on August 28th 2005 during the celebrations of 25 years of Solidarity movement in Poland.

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