Battle Of Grunwald Monument
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The monument, a short distance and in a straight line (towards new Krakow) from the Barbakan, was built in 1910 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald (also known as the First Battle of Tannenberg, 1410). In the battle, considered one of the largest battles in Medieval Europe, the alliance of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania comprehensively defeated the Teutonic Knights. The Teutonic leader, Grand Master Ulrich von Jungingen was killed, and his figure (in death) feature prominently at the monument. At the top on his horse is the King of Poland Władysław Jagiełło, his sword pointing downwards in his right hand. At the front is his cousin the Lithuanian prince Vytautas (Vitold), who is flanked on either side by victorious soldiers from the joint army. The battle is regarded as the most important victory in the history of Poland and Lithuania, and is surrounded by romantic legends and nationalistic propaganda.
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January 16th, 2014
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