This is the equestrian statue of Prince Józef Poniatowski in front of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw. Prince Poniatowski was the nephew of the last Polish king (Stanislaus Augustus Poniatowski), a Polish leader, a general and eventually a Marshal of the (Napoleon's) Empire. Simply - he was a legend. See: wikipedia.
The statue had very complicated and interesting history, too. It was commissioned in 1817 and designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen (based on Marcus Aurelius statue in Rome). Due to circumstances it stood in Modlin town for a while and then in Holm (Bielorussia). It returned to Poland after the Soviet-Polish war and was officially unveiled in front of the Saxon Palace in Warsaw, in 1923. Then the original monument was blown up by Germans in 1944. It was reconstructed and recast from the original mold (the gift of Denmark) after the WWII and finally was unveiled in this place in 1965.
The photo was taken during the UEFA Euro2012 (European Football Championship) hosted by Poland (and Ukraine), hence the Polish national colours.
I hope the colours and the sharpness are up to the usual TE standards.
- Copyright: Marcin S Sadurski (msadurski) (234)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-06-15
- Categories: Humorous, Architecture, Artwork, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Pentax K 10 D, Pentax SMC DA 70mm F2.4 Limited
- Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-04-28 6:09