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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Joe S (4 months ago)
Amazing park in the snow and a great piece of culture to visit.
Jonathan Lau (8 months ago)
There are guards “guarding” this monument. If this is like the one in Ottawa, the guards are more ceremonial but it is considered an honour to be positioned here to guard. Generally, people are being respectful here. The monument leads to a nice park with plenty of foliage and bench seating to hide from the sun.
David Leslie (9 months ago)
You really have to understand what happened to Warsaw during WW2. It was totally levelled. It has been rebuilt modelled on old pictures and photographs. The hourly changing of the guard should remind you that everything, how matter how old it looks has been constructed since the war.
Gosia G (11 months ago)
Wzruszające miejsce. Tribute to Polish soldiers. So many died around the world defending borders and fighting for others. Their names remain unknown but we will remember.
Gary Mchugh (Gam) (11 months ago)
Am in Warsaw again, June 2023, so have come to the Tomb of the unknown Soldier again. I waited 45 minutes or so, to see the soldiers march up to the Tomb and change over with the previous guards. Prior to this, two other soldiers came up, saluted to the guards, then checked over the flower tributes inside and picked up some litter outside, that someone had dropped. I thought this was quite remarkable and respectful?? I was pleased to see the soldiers change over again. Last year when I visited here, there was digging machines behind the fencing, surrounding each side of the Tomb, as you approached. This time, I viewed through the fencing today to see that they have uncovered the foundations of the Palace that once stood here!? it was a huge place looking at it now. I do hope they can restore it all one day. My first visit. 2022. I saw the soldiers marching across the square to the monument. A very official moment. Viewed the tomb within the monument, where there are two guards permanently there. A special moment to honour the unknown soldier, its very respectful? Apparently, there used to be a huge Palace here? you only see part of what used to be there! It was destroyed by communists back in the day, to eliminate Polish history!? I timed it perfectly to be there, not sure how many times a day, the 3 soldier's march across the square? I was only there about 15 minutes to take all this in, so only a quick visit. Had lunch in the huge gardens behind it after. I am due to visit Warsaw again soon, so I will come back and visit here again, its worth coming here, a special place.?
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