Saxon Gardens and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw

 

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Saxon Gardens and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The Saxon Gardens were laid out between 1713 and 1733 by August II Mocny (the Strong) to a design by Jan Krzysztof Naumann and Mateus Daniel Poppelmann. In 1727 they became the first public park in Poland and served as a summer salon for Varsovians.


Garden’s summer theatre and Saski Palace were destroyed in 1944 during Warsaw Uprising. Park was designed in French style but in 1816 – 1827 it was refashioned into English style. Today gardens are adorned with 21 Baroque sandstone statues made by sculptors including Jan Jerzy Plersch. There is also an elegant fountain in the Saski Gardens. Remains of Saski Palace which survived Warsaw Uprising serve today as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier whose relics were brought from the battlefield of Lviv in 1925. On the square there is a monument to Marshal Jozef Pilsudski who looks upon the tomb while resting on his sabre. The tomb is guarded by soldiers of the Polish Army and it is the place where official delegations very often come to lay wreaths.



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