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Tadeusz Kosciuszko's Mound, Krakow, Poland

Tadeusz Kosciuszko had long secured himself a place amongst the most beloved of all Polish national heroes after making an unsuccessful attempt at preventing the ultimate fall of the so-called Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1794. As a result, Poland and Lithuania ceased to exist as independent countries and were eradicated from the political map of Europe from 1795 until 1918 having been torn apart by the neighbouring superpowers of Prussia, Russia and Austria. Still, in recognition of his well-meant efforts the citizens of Krakow resolved to make the general a mound as a somewhat more permanent token of gratitude. In addition, Kosciuszko is also one of the national heroes of the USA as he had fought in the American War of Independence of 1775. Strangely enough, the highest mountain in Australia is named after him too. The peak owes its name to a Polish explorer who climbed it first, for which feat he had the right to call the mountain as he pleased. All in all, there are four mounds in Krakow altogether. See also:

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  • Uploaded on November 4, 2012
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    by ptolemeusz
    • Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
    • Taken on 2012/11/03 13:17:13
    • Exposure: 0.003s
    • Focal Length: 300.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO100