Tomb of The Unknown Soldier - Pilsudski square, Warsaw
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Polish: Grób Nieznanego Żołnierza) is a monument in Warsaw, Poland, dedicated to the unknown soldiers who have given their lives for Poland. It is one of many such national tombs of unknowns that were erected after World War I.
In 1923, a group of unknown Varsovians placed, before Warsaw's Saxon Palace and the adjacent Saxon Garden, a stone tablet commemorating all the unknown Polish soldiers who had fallen in World War I and the subsequent Polish-Soviet War. This initiative was taken up by several Warsaw newspapers and by General Władysław Sikorski. On April 4, 1925, the Polish Ministry of War selected a battlefield from which the ashes of an unknown soldier would be brought to Warsaw. Of some 40 battles, that for Lwów was chosen. In October 1925, at Lwów's Cemetery of the Defenders of Lwów, three coffins were exhumed: those of an unknown sergeant, corporal and private. The coffin that was to be transported to Warsaw was chosen by Jadwiga Zarugiewiczowa, mother of a soldier who had fallen at Zadwórze and whose body had never been found.
On November 2, 1925, the coffin was brought to Warsaw's St. John's Cathedral, where a Mass was held. Afterward eight recipients of the order of Virtuti Militari bore the coffin to its final resting place beneath the colonnade joining the two wings of the Saxon Palace. The coffin was buried along with 14 urns containing soil from as many battlegrounds, a Virtuti Militari medal, and an erection act. Since then, except under German occupation during World War II, an honor guard has continuously been held before the Tomb.
The Tomb was designed by the famous Polish sculptor, Stanisław Kazimierz Ostrowski. It was located within the arcade that linked the two symmetric wings of the Saxon Palace, then the seat of the Polish Ministry of War. The central tablet was ringed by 5 eternal flames and 4 stone tablets bearing the names and dates of battles in which Polish soldiers had fought during World War I and the Polish-Soviet War (1919–21). Behind the Tomb were two steel gratings bearing emblems of Poland's two highest Polish military decorations — the Virtuti Militari and Cross of Valor.
During the 1939 invasion of Poland, the building was slightly damaged by German aerial bombing, but it was quickly rebuilt and seized by the German authorities. After the Warsaw Uprising, in December 1944, the palace was completely demolished by the Wehrmacht. Only part of the central colonnade, sheltering the Tomb, was preserved.
After the war, in late 1945, reconstruction began. Only a small part of the palace, containing the Tomb, was restored by Henryk Grunwald. On 8 May 1946 it was opened to the public. Soil from 24 additional battlegrounds was added to the urns, as well as more tablets with names of battles in which Poles had fought in World War II. However, the communist authorities erased all trace of the Polish-Soviet War of 1920, and only a few of the Polish Armed Forces' battles in the West were included. This was corrected in 1990, after Poland had regained its political autonomy.
There are plans to rebuild the Saxon Palace, but as of 2009 it is unknown when and whether these plans will be realized. (Source: Warsaw & wikipedia)
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dkmurphys (50416) 2011-11-03 3:35
A solemn moment that attracts the tourists interest. Well catch!
ChrisJ (100840) 2011-11-03 3:37
Well composed using the principle of 3. The damage to the arch at far left fits the theme of war. No thanks to the Wehrmacht! The soldiers are well positioned around the frame. Good sharpness & the colorful attire of the civilians at left contrasts well against the soldiers drab uniforms. (Yes I know they need to camouflage when they are actually fighting, so that wasn't a criticism). Tfs!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-11-03 4:24
The military look of the soldiers is remarkable compared with that of the colored visitors. Excellent composition with arches. The light, the colors, the neatness are very good. Bravo.
Have a nice day
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-11-03 4:30
A very nice shot honoring an unknown soldier who has given his life in the war. I like the way the military men are standing and the tourists are taking this opportunity to photograph them. Nice sharp image with good color contrast.
Sergiom (63002) 2011-11-03 5:21
Les uniformes sont un peu dépassés et me rappelle des souvenirs d'une époque plus noire. C'est comme si le temps s'était arręté.
ashres (1075) 2011-11-03 8:33
Nice moment caught with the people there in position. Nice pov with good lights and the moment of salute is well caught. Nice capture. Have a great day,
amaryllis (35305) 2011-11-03 9:09
une belle présentation de cet hommage au soldat inconnu avec la garde en exercice
siamesa (27749) 2011-11-03 13:19
Boa tarde George
An important register indeed. It's very good to learn a bit of the history of the country. Very well registered.
vasilpro (40997) 2011-11-03 13:55
Wonderful composition, interesting scene, excellent POV and timing, beautiful light and natural colors, TFS!
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
Graal (98670) 2011-11-04 0:07
Jó napot George,
nice presentation of famous place in Warsaw and in Poland. Good captured moment and scene. Image well composed. Good photowork.
Have a nice day.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-07-22
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Ceremony, Architecture, Artwork, Ruins, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/90 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Symbol of rebirth - The amazing Warsaw [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-11-03 2:51