Tomb of the Unknown Solider – Warsaw

The Tomb of the Unknown Solider in Warsaw, Poland is the only surviving piece of what used to be the Saxon Palace. Among many structures the Germans blew up, Saxon Palace was destroyed in retaliation of the Warsaw uprising in effort to COMPLETELY demolish the city.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, only remaining structure of what was the Saxon Palace.
Saxon Palace before destruction. Arrow points to what is now the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Pictures do not justify the enormity of what Saxon Palace must have been.

Tomb of the Unknown Solider at my back, looking into Pilsudski Square, vast emptiness where Saxon Palace once stood.

Another structure worth noting in this square is a monument commemorating the victims of the 2010 tragic plane crash in which a large portion of the Polish Government died, including Polish President Lech Kaczynski and more than 90 others. They were on their way to a memorial service to mark the 70th anniversary of the massacre at Katyn Forest (that’s a whole other story) when the plane crashed near the Russian city of Smolensk.

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