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“Great copy of original monument”
Review of Grunwald Monument

Grunwald Monument
Ranked #50 of 310 things to do in Krakow
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

The original monument was blown up during World War 11. The monument is huge and very photographic. The dead Teutonic leader at the base of the monument is massive as is the King of Poland on horseback on the top of the monument. All the other figures around the sides are well sculpted and considering the event it depicts, it is a great piece of art to look at. Just past the monument is a lovely church to see and if you follow the road to your left just past the monument you come to the local market which is worth a visit, clothes, household goods, fruit and veg are all sold here.

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Reviewed May 16, 2012

This is a facinating monument just outside the Old Town of Krakow. It is very striking and highly prized by the local people. It was a monument that you found something new every time you looked at it.

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Reviewed September 27, 2009

The Grunwald monument in front of the Barbican commemorates the Battle of Grunwald (go figure!), which as the excellent previous review mentions is one of the most important in Polish history. What stands now on pl. Matejki is a faithful reproduction of the original, and it is worth a walk around for those with an interest. Of note, I was happy/amused to find out that the Polish workers made to dismantle the original did manage to save important artifacts (the kings scepter and sword, for example) although whether these were used in the 1972 recreation I am unsure.

It's free, it's essential to understanding the country's history, and it looks cool. Definitely recommended.

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Reviewed December 14, 2007

If you're making a trip to the top of ul. Florianska to have a look at the city walls and the Barbican, don't miss a quick look over the main road to see the Grunwald Monument.

The Battle of Grunwald is Poland's finest military hour, and saw the joint Polish and Lithuanian armies defeat the mighty Teutonic Knights in 1410. All very exciting, and still an achievement honoured by Poles today.

The monument itself is a faithful reproduction of the original (destroyed by the Germans during the war). It's a huge slab of granite bedecked with statues of mighty medieval warriors in militaristic poses. Across the front is draped the slain Teutonic leader, Ulrich von Jungingen. Towering above him is the victorious Lithuanian prince Vitold. Whilst atop the whole edifice sits Polish king, Wladyslaw Jagiello, astride his steed.

It's not subtle, but if you like your medieval history as sensitive as a crack over the head with morning star, you'll love this one!

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