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.
Things you can do here
Explore the middle of Central Park with stops at the Park’s miniature castle, a popular turtle hangout, and the oldest outdoor monument in New York City.
Enjoy the sweeping vistas of the Great Lawn from the newly restored Belvedere Castle while learning about its rich history and the Conservancy’s work to preserve this architectural gem.
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