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Adam Mickiewicz Monument in Kraków, (Polish: Pomnik Adama Mickiewicza w Krakowie), is one of the best known monuments in Poland, and a favourite meeting place in the Kraków's Main Square.

The statue of Adam Mickiewicz was unveiled in 1898, on the 100th anniversary of his birth. It was designed by Teodor Rygier, a little known sculptor at the time, who won the competition for this project ahead of the famous painter Jan Matejko.

Right from the start, the Monument aroused wide criticism from the public, forcing the sculptor to make many changes.
In 1940 it was destroyed by the Nazis and was not to be seen in the Square until its restoration in 1955. However, most of the figures were recovered in Hamburg after World War II, which allowed for restoring the Monument's original appearance.

Adam Mickiewicz, the celebrated Polish poet, had never been to Kraków. 35 years after his death, in 1890, his remains were brought from Paris and ceremoniously laid to rest in the crypt under the Wawel Cathedral, which partially inspired the project

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