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Jan III Sobieski Monument (Pomnik Jana III Sobieskiego)

Monument in honour of the great king and warrior who held back the Ottoman Empire at Vienna, and prevented the Turks from conquering Christian Europe.

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Pomnik Jana III Sobieskiego
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Monument in honour of the great king and warrior who held back the Ottoman Empire at Vienna, and prevented the Turks from conquering Christian Europe. Sobieski is not only famous as the defender of Christian Europe, but also as an advocate of culture and the hero of one of Poland’s best-known love sagas. The love between the King and his wife Marysieńka has few historical rivals.
The monument was created in time for the 105th anniversary of the Vienna battle and was ceremoniously revealed on August 14, 1788. The sculpture was inspired by baroque statues found at Wilanów Palace. The four-metre monument shows the King on horseback with weaponry and helmet, surrounded by vanquished Turkish enemies engulfed by a plume of flame. Shields are visible at his side along with inscriptions in Polish and in Latin, all of which sit atop a pile of confiscated Turkish weaponry.

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