Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Warsaw, Poland

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is dedicated to the unknown soldiers who have given their lives for Poland. It is one of many such national tombs of unknowns that were erected after World War I, and the most important such monument in Poland.

The monument, located at Piłsudski Square, is the only surviving part of the Saxon Palace that occupied the spot until World War II. Since 2 November 1925 the tomb houses an unidentified body of a young soldier who fell during the Defence of Lwów. At a later date earth from numerous battlefields where Polish soldiers have fought was added to the urns housed in the surviving pillars of the Saxon Palace.

The Tomb is constantly lit by an eternal flame and assisted by a guard post by the Representative Battalion of the Polish Army. It is there that most official military commemorations take place in Poland and where foreign representatives lay wreaths when visiting Poland.

The changing of the guard takes place on the hour of every hour daily and this happens 365 days a year.



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Founded: 1925
Category: Cemeteries, mausoleums and burial places in Poland

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Elizabeth B (20 months ago)
Historical place commemorating fallen unkown Polish soldiers fighting in domestic and foreign wars. Exept for World War II, the soldiers have been standing guard 24/7 since 1923.
Alex Parent (2 years ago)
Very nice free spot which is the grave of all the Polish unknown soldiers. 2 soldiers are on constant duty. Ps: Do not to walk on the black bricks inside the grave! The soldiers will tell to stop.
Discovering Destinations (2 years ago)
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is located in Piłsudski Square and it’s 10 minutes walking distance from the main Old Town square of Warsaw, Sigismund's Column for example. You can also have access to it walking through Saxon Garden, actually is what we did. The Tomb is a beautiful monument dedicated to the unknown soldiers who have given their lives for Poland and according Wikipedia is the only surviving part of the Saxon Palace that occupied the spot until World War II. The place is nicely decorated with flowers, there is a eternal flame and we waited a little and we could see the changing of the guard that takes place on the hour of every hour daily and this happens 365 days a year. Eli: 4 / Serge: 4 Recommended: Yes, it’s a really beautiful and historical place to visit in Warsaw.
Traci Cappiello (2 years ago)
This is a stunning memorial to those soldiers who lost their lives in World War II and is guarded 24/7 by two soldiers. It's OK to stop by to read the signs and take photos as long as you are respectful. In the evening, it's really just gorgeous.
Alistair Norris (2 years ago)
This isn't a large site, just a small monument near the Warsaw old town. Multi lingual signs explain the history of the place in all of your favourite European languages. The site seems to be continuously manned by armed services in a mark of respect. I was fortunate enough to witness the changing of the guard. An interesting visual spectacle of traditional military movement.
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