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“A city monument commemorating the Battle of Grunwald”
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Grunwald Monument
Ranked #55 of 281 things to do in Krakow
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“A city monument commemorating the Battle of Grunwald”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

The monument, a short distance and in a straight line (towards ‘new’ Krakow) from the Barbakan, was built in 1910 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald (also known as the First Battle of Tannenberg, 1410). In the battle, considered one of the largest battles in Medieval Europe, the alliance of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania comprehensively defeated the Teutonic Knights. The Teutonic leader, Grand Master Ulrich von Jungingen was killed, and his figure (in death) feature prominently at the monument. At the top on his horse is the King of Poland Władysław Jagiełło, his sword pointing downwards in his right hand. At the front is his cousin the Lithuanian prince Vytautas (Vitold), who is flanked on either side by victorious soldiers from the joint army. The battle is regarded as the most important victory in the history of Poland and Lithuania, and is surrounded by romantic legends and nationalistic propaganda. Thus, during WW II under the German occupation the monument, a symbol of Polish patriotism was initially shielded and then later destroyed. However, it is said that Polish workers succeeded in hiding important parts of the monument, like King Jagiello's scepter and sword, the coats of arms of Poland, Lithuania and the head of Grand Duke Witold. The replica that now stands was reproduced using sketches and models of the original and was finished in 1976. The monument itself probably does not merit a detour but is worth a look if one is passing by the area (on way to the Railway Station for example)

Visited July 2012
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“Across From The Barbican”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

This landmark is located on the Plac Jana Matejki, across the busy street from Barbican. This monument commemorates the Battle of Grunwald. It is fascinating to see and the detail will keep you circling it for awhile! I always knew where I was in Old Town when I would see this in the distance. Well worth a look.

Visited August 2012
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“Great copy of original monument”
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.

Visited May 2012
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“Grunwald Monument Krakow”
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.

Visited February 2012
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“Must visit for those interested in history.”
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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