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Sign: New York - Central Park - A statue in memory of King Jagiełło


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Central Park West Historic District, New York, NY, USA
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KING · JAGIELLO

KING JAGIELLO
KING OF POLAND
GRAND DUKE OF LITHUANIA
1386–1434
FOUNDER OF A FREE UNION OF THE
PEOPLES OF EAST CENTRAL EUROPE
VICTOR OVER THE TEUTONIC
AGGRESSORS AT GRUNWALD
JULY 15 1410
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The statue in Central Park was photographed by the same photographer that day Click for a larger image

The statue dedicated to King Władysław II Jagiełło, the Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland. In his marriage he united Poland and Lithuania. His victory in 1410 over the Knights of the Teutonic Order, led to the collapse of the Order and the expansion of Poland’s borders.
The sculpture by Stanislaw Kazimierz Ostrowski was first placed in the Polish pavilion at the New York World’s Fair in the Flushing Meadows (Queens) Park in 1939, moved to storage during the occupation of Poland during World War II, and placed in its current location in 1986.
The statue shows the king holding two cross swords over his head, a sign of unification between Lithuania and Poland.



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