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Tadeusz Kościuszko Monument in Krakówmarker ( ), is one of the best known bronze monuments in Polandmarker. It is the work of artists: Leonard Marconi, professor of Lviv University born in Warsawmarker, and his son in law, sculptor Antoni Popiel. The equestrian bronze statue of Kościuszko—Polish and American hero of independence—is located along the west side entrance to the Wawel Castlemarker in the Old Townmarker.

The statue was cast in 1900 thanks to the efforts of newly formed Tadeusz Kościuszko Society, soon after Marconi's death. The Austrian government during the time of imperial partitions of Poland refused to issue the permit for its placement. It was erected no less than twenty years later in 1920-24 once the Polish statemarker reestablished its independence following World War I. The statue was destroyed by the Germans in 1940 during the Nazi German occupation of Poland. Its current replica, erected in 1960, is a gift to the City of Kraków from the people of Dresdenmarker, Germanymarker. Its duplicate was also erected in Detroitmarker, Michiganmarker in 1978, as a gift from the people of Kraków, in celebration of the United States Bicentennial.

In Kościuszko's times, The Polish state had been twice partitioned by its neighbors: Russiamarker, Austria-Hungary, and Prussiamarker by early 1793. In 1794, Kościuszko initiated an insurrection in the Kraków's Main Squaremarker which, in spite of his victorious Battle of Racławicemarker against numerically superior Russian army, resulted in a tragic third and final partition of Poland. Kraków became part of the Austrian province of Galicia for over a century. Prior to leading the 1794 Uprising, Kościuszko had fought in the American Revolutionary War as a Colonel in the Continental Army. In 1783, in recognition of his service, he had been brevetted by the Continental Congress to the rank of Brigadier General and granted citizenship of the United Statesmarker. Tadeusz Kościuszko died in Switzerlandmarker on October 15, 1817. His body was first buried in a crypt of a Jesuit church in Solothurnmarker, from where he was moved a year later to the St. Leonard's Crypt at the Wawel Cathedralmarker, next to where his monument now stands.

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