Monument to the Heroes of Warsaw

Warsaw, Poland

Monument to the Heroes of Warsaw


The Monument to the Heroes of Warsaw, also known as the Warsaw Nike, is a statue located at the intersection of Nowy Przejazd (the New By-pass) and Aleja Solidarności (Solidarity Avenue) in Warsaw. The monument commemorates all those who died in the city in 1939 to 1945, including participants in the defense of Warsaw in September 1939, the participants of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the Warsaw Uprising, and the victims of German terror in the occupied capital.

The decision to erect the monument was taken on July 30, 1956 by the Metropolitan National Council (National Council of the City of Warsaw). The first competition announced in February 1957 had received 196 entries from home and abroad, but it was inconclusive. In January 1959 there was a second contest, with the participation of the laureates and recipients of honorable mentions in the first contest. Of the 106 entries, the Warsaw's Nike by the sculptor Marian Konieczny and architects Zagremma and Adam Konieczny has won.

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