King Jagiello

King Jagiello, the Grand Duke of Lithuania, united Lithuania and Poland and became king after marrying the Queen of Poland in 1386.

This imposing monument depicts a moment at the Battle of Grunwald of 1410, when the King raised 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 Polish courage.