Castle Square Zygmunt's Column in Old Town of Warsaw City


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Castle Square Zygmunt's Column
The first part of Castle Square was in existence in 1644 but completed at the beginning of 19th century. After the World War 2, the burger’s townhouses were restored which today surround the Castle Square. In the middle of the square stands the oldest secular statue in Warsaw – Zygmunt’s Column.

The 22m-high monument was erected in 1644 by Zygmunt's III son Wladyslaw IV. The structure consists of a granite Corinthian column supported by a plinth and topped with the figure of the king cast in bronze. The king is depicted with a cross in his left hand and a sword in his right. He is crowned and richly decorated. The idea of column evokes to the legend of the king raising his sabre to inspire the bravery before the battle. The figure is the work of sculptor Clemente Molli and designed by Augustyn Locci the Elder and Constantino Tencalla – two Italian architects working for the king. The inscriptions on the monument give praise to the Vasa dynasty and list the names of the column’s creators.

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