“Nike”

Warszawa z Jose 069-2.jpgDesigner: Marian Konieczny, Warsaw, Poland (Photo. Gosia Głowacka, 26.04.2012)

The Monument to the Heroes of Warsaw, also known as the Warsaw Nike, is a statue located at the intersection of Nowy Przejazd (New Drive) and Aleja Solidarności (Solidarity Avenue) in Warsaw.

The monument commemorates all those who died in the city from 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 statue shows a reclining woman rising up with a sword raised above her head in her right hand and her left hand also raised. The 10-ton sculpture is seven meters tall and six meters long. On the granite pedestal is the inscription: Heroes of Warsaw from 1939 to 1945 (Bohaterom Warszawy 1939−1945).

The sculpture was cast at the Gliwice Technical Equipment Plant (Gliwickie Zakłady Urządzeń Technicznych S.A.). The biggest challenge was casting the sword weighing about 1000 kg. The special design of steel bars embedded inside it makes it very strong, as, in the wind, the sword can deviate from its position by up to 15 cm. The monument was transported in two parts from Silesia to Warszawa Gdańska station, north of the site.

The monument was unveiled on July 20, 1964 in Theatre Square, in front of the Grand Theatre (where the reconstructed Jabłonowski Palace now stands).

The construction of the monument was financed by social contributions and the Social Capital Reconstruction Fund. (source: Wikipedia)

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Nike (/ˈnaɪki/; Greek: Νίκη, “Victory”, Ancient Greek: [nǐːkɛː]), in ancient Greek religion, was a goddess who personified victory, also known as the Winged Goddess of Victory. The Roman equivalent was Victoria. (source: Wikipedia)

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In her hand the Polish Nike is holding a sword  instead of having wings and an olive twig. It will reach anyone who will try to take away her rights or fight with her. The Polish Nike is a woman who is fighting and not giving up. She is a Polish woman, who wins.

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