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Nicolaus Copernicus Monument, Warsaw

Nicolaus Copernicus Monument, Warsaw

Your trip to Warsaw is definitely incomplete without a visit to the most popular landmark in this city namely the Nicolaus Copernicus Monument. Situated before the Staszic Palace, this monument was designed between 1822 and 1830 by Bertel Thorvaldsen.

Nicolaus Copernicus was a famous astronomer who made a mark in his field. This bronze statue depicts him holding an armillary sphere and a compass. The creation of this monument was made possible through public donations collected under the leadership of philosopher and scientist Stanislaw Staszic.

Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz, comrade in arms of Tadeusz Kosciuszko presided over the unveiling ceremony. Polish clergy was conspicuously absent from this ceremony in protest against the condemnation of his book in 1616 by the Holy Office.

Check the pedestal’s east face and you will find a Latin inscription. In 1939, after the Nazi German occupation, the Polish and Latin inscriptions were effaced and a plaque in German language was attached.

This plaque was removed by Maciej Aleksy Dawidowski in 1942 in response to which the statue of Jan Kilinski was moved by the Germans to the National Museum of Warsaw. Enjoy a visit to this monument and learn all about the popular astronomer Nicholas Copernicus.
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Sight Name: Nicolaus Copernicus Monument
Sight Location: Warsaw, Poland
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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