Zygmunt's Column (Warsaw)

Zygmunt's Column


Location: Plac Zamkowy

Bus: 100, 116, 175, 178, 180, 190, 195, 222, 503

Trolley: 13, 23, 26, 32


Zygmunt's Column is a monument that you will probably see once you enter the Royal Castle. It is dedicated to Polish king Zygmunt III Vasa. The Column was erected in 1644 by Wladuslaw IV, son of the Zygmunt. The column is made of granite and reaches the height of 22 meters or 72 feet. Bronze statues of a monarch in full royal regalia stands on top of pedestal holding a sword in his right hand and a cross in his left hand. Zygmunt's Column is the oldest secular statue in Warsaw. It was designed by two Italian royal architects Augustyn Locci the Elder and Constantino Tencalla. Zygmunt's Column became one of the symbols of Polish capital. The column shaft was broken twice, but every time it was replaced by the residents of Warsaw. Remains of one of the older granite columns can be seen near southern facade of the Palace Under the Tin Roof.