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King Sigismund III Vasa - Warsaw, Poland
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member GeoLog81
N 52° 14.838 E 021° 00.805
34U E 500916 N 5788544
Quick Description: King Sigismund III Vasa (Zygmunt III Vasa) was elected as the king of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth in the year 1587. His long rule, till his death in 1632, was an uneasy period, marked with wars with Sweden and the Cossac uprisings.
Location: Mazowieckie, Poland
Date Posted: 7/14/2015 4:19:03 AM
Waymark Code: WMP7BC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
Sigismund's Column (Polish: Kolumna Zygmunta), erected in 1644, is one of Warsaw's most known landmarks and one of the oldest secular monuments in northern Europe (the oldest in Warsaw). The column and statue commemorate King Sigismund (Zygmunt) III Waza, who in 1596 had moved Poland's capital from Kraków to Warsaw.

King Sigismund III Vasa (Zygmunt III Vasa) was elected as the king of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth in the year 1587. His long rule, till his death in 1632, was an uneasy period, marked with wars with Sweden and the Cossac uprisings.

The column was erected in 1644, on the orders of Sigismund's son and successor, King Wladyslaw IV Vasa. The column was designed by the architect Constantino Tencalla and sculptor Clemente Molli, and casted by the bell-founder Daniel Tym. The sculpture of the king is 2,75 m high, made of bronze.

The column was renovated between 1885 and 1887. The original column cylinder, made of conglomerate from Checiny, was replaced by the granite one (you can see the original cylinder exposed east from column, near the side entrance to the Royal castle.

On 1/2nd September 1944, during The Warsaw Uprising, the statue was hit by a German projectile. The column has fallen, but the sculpture was only slightly damaged. After WWII the column was re-erected.
Monarch Ranking: King / Queen

Proper Title and Name of Monarch: King Sigismund III Vasa (Zygmunt III Waza)

Country or Empire of Influence: Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania

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