King Sigismund's Column (Kolumna Zygmunta), Warsaw

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Sigismund's Column, originally erected in 1644, is located in Castle Square, Warsaw, Poland and is one of Warsaw's most famous landmarks. The column and statue commemorate King Sigismund III Vasa, who in 1596 had moved Poland's capital from Kraków to Warsaw.
On the Corinthian column, 8.5 m high, a sculpture of the King, 2.75-metres high, in archaistic armour is placed. Sigismund's Column now stands at 22 metres and is adorned by four eagles. The king is dressed in armor and carries a cross in one hand and wields a sword in the other.
17th century Erected between 1643 and 1644, the column was constructed on the orders of Sigismund's son and successor, King Władysław IV Vasa. It was designed by the Italian-born architect Constantino Tencalla and the sculptor Clemente Molli, and cast by Daniel Tym. The Zygmunt's Column was modelled on the Italian columns in front of Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (erected in 1614 to designs of Carlo Maderno), and the Column of Phocas in Rome (Władysław Vasa had seen both of them during his visit to Rome in 1625).
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  • The column was first erected in the mid 17th century in the Castle Square and survives to this day after being restored many times including after its destruction by the German Army in late 1944. It....  more »
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  • Fantastic place to visit. Warsaw has many vegan restaurants with absolutely delicious food. 5 stars all the way.
  • Iconic statue in Old Town. Place for meeting people, starting tours and taking in the gorgeous views of the busy streets. The statue commemorates the King of Poland that decided to more the capital to Warsaw from Kraków. Legends say that if his saber touches the ground, that bad things will come to the city - this happened once in the statues history and it was during WWII - the city was 90% turned to rubble.
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