This monument, located in Warsaw’s center at Piłsudski Square, was designed by Stanisław Kazimierz Ostrowski. It commemorates the lives of many deceased Polish soldiers who died for Poland during the many battles and wars the country has been through and you can see all these listed on the stone tablets. In 1925, an unidentified body of a soldier has been placed inside it. The Tomb is the center of a number of historical events of national importance and is monitored by guards 365 days a year.
This statue of Frederick Chopin is situated in the north part of the beautiful Royal Baths (‘Łazienki’) Park at the Royal Route. It was created by the artist Wacław Szymanowski at the beginning of last century but then was the first monument to be blown up by the Nazis in 1940. Rumour has it that on the next day a note appeared at the monument reading: ‘I don’t know who destroyed me, but I know why: so that I won’t play the funeral march for your leader’. Perhaps that fact illustrates Chopin’s central position in Poland’s cultural identity, as, indeed, the composer has been one of the most famous Poles worldwide. In 1958, a replica of the original was erected.