Kościuszko Monument in Warsaw

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The Polish monument to Tadeusz Kościuszko is located in Warsaw in Żelazna Brama Square. It is a copy of the Tadeusz Kościuszko monument in Washington, D.C. by Hanna and Wojciech Siek from Kraków. The very first monument to Tadeusz Kościuszko was made by Antoni Popiel and funded by the Polish diaspora in the United States in 1910. One hundred years later, on 16 November 2010, a copy was funded by Citibank Handlowy and the City Council of Warsaw. Tadeusz Kościuszko is shown in the uniform of an American general, whilst holding the the plans of the fortifications of West Point in his hand. The monument is surrounded by figures that illustrate the battles of Saratoga and Racławice. Andrzej Tadeusz Bonawentura Kościuszko (4 or 12 February 1746 – 15 October 1817) was a military engineer and military leader in Poland, the leader of the Kościuszko Uprising against Russia and Prussia in 1794, and a key player in the American War of Independence. He is considered a national hero in Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, and the United States.

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