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Warsaw Uprising Monument (Warsaw, Poland)

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Monument to the 1944 Warsaw uprising, locally known as 'Pomnik Powstania Warszawskiego'

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      12.04.2011 17:38
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      My favourite monument in Warsaw and one everyone should visit

      The Pomnik Powstania Warszskiego or otherwise known as The Warsaw Uprising Monument is a tremendous piece of artwork/sculpture - possibly my favourite of all in the city of Warsaw. Warsaw was occupied by the Germans during the Second World War and on August 1st, 1944 the people of Warsaw fought back with everything they had. Unfortunately, they were ill equipped, the German army was much stronger and the help of the Russians never materialised even though they were only on the other side of the River Vistula.This battle went on for 63 days and in the end over 20,000 Polish people died.

      The monument was built in 1989 to honour the people who lost their lives, by local funding. If you look closely at the monument and the figures you will be able to see many things; like the pain, determination, strength of character as well as physical strength. Standing next to the figures and being able to touch the smooth bronze bodies, is in a way uplifting. When I look at Warsaw now and how the city has changed since it's chains have been cut free from the Germans and the Russians I get an enormous feeling of pride. The Polish people have had many struggles and their path to freedom has not been an easy one. The city of Warsaw is moving forward every day and it is very difficult to imagine the tragedy that happened in 1944 in the ghetto but as long as monuments like this one are erected then we won't forget.

      When I first saw the monument it took me a while to work out the symbolism.The figures are the insurgents and you can see that they are struggling to drag the great pylon on their shoulders. It is fantastic how the sculptor has managed to portray the pain in the insurgent's faces as they pull the pylon forward. You really get an impression of weight and it looks like the metal bars are going to fall on the bodies. You will also see that some of the figures slide into a channel. This symbolises the fleeing from the Stare Miasto.The bright jade coloured building in the background ( Supreme Court) adds an excellent contrast to the black and silver colours of the monument.

      The monument is not far away from the Stare Miasto - within walking distance. You can either walk down Miodowa Street or cut through Krasińskich Park. If coming by tram a 23, 13 will take you to the Old Town. A very special monument.

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