King Jagiello

This imposing statue portrays King Jagiello, the Grand Duke of Lithuania, who united Lithuania and Poland and became king after marrying the Queen of Poland in 1386. The monument depicts the moment at the Battle of Grunwald of 1410 when the King crossed over his head the two swords handed to him by his adversaries, the Teutonic Knights of the Cross.

The bronze sculpture originally stood at the Polish pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair in Flushing, Queens. When the Nazis invaded Poland, the statue was unable to return home. The exiled Polish government gifted the sculpture to New York City in 1945 as a symbol of the courageous Polish people.

King Jagiello


East Side at 79th Street

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