Polandian quiz #3 – know your monuments

Whilst out walking on Sunday I bumped into four Polish heroes. Some time ago I bumped into a few more. Who are they all?

One point will be awarded for every correct name. One point taken away for every incorrect one. Bonus point for guessing what was stolen from which statue recently (now replaced).

Multiple points awarded for interesting, but little known, facts about the person in question.

Uber bonus for knowing where the statue is – exactly.

I think this is probably quite easy, but then I know the answers!

Clue – none of these statues are on wheels.





5/ (for island1)


7/ (this is not the original but so what!)


9/ (The guy on the horse – obviously)


30 thoughts on “Polandian quiz #3 – know your monuments

  1. Ewa says:

    1.Mikołaj Kopernik
    2. Kardynał Wyszyński
    3. Józef Piłsudski
    4. Adam Mickiewicz:)

  2. scatts says:

    I’m not saying yes or no to those, Pani Ewa, but I have just edited to add a few more for you to work on.

    Even if some of those answers are right, you’re not going for many bonus points! :)

  3. mjn says:

    I love bumbling around cities on foot, so of course I, living for the last year in Warsaw, recognise most of them.

    1-4 as Ewa wrote. 1,2,4 on Krakowskie predmiescie. Kopernik in front of Polish Academy of Sciences’ Palac stacyc (???) and last New Year someone tore the astrolabe from him.

    3 I would guess is on Plac pilsudskiego, It could also be in front of Belweder, but if I have to guess I would go for the former.

    5/ JPII, newer saw it though.

    6/ no idea.

    7/ The little insurgent. The original is close to the old town wall. The one on the picture seems to be in a museum somewhere. Don’t know where.’

    8/ Syrenka. In the older position close to the river, and not the more known one on the old town square.

    9/ Prince Poniatowski in front of the presidential palace.

    As a bonus I can mention that at least 1 and 9 are bort by the Danish artist Bertel Thorvaldsen.

  4. mjn says:

    Btw, you need to update your system clock :)

  5. guest says:

    Poles should not take part in this quiz. This is way too easy for them.

  6. guest says:

    ps: here is my quiz

    htt p://farm4.static.flickr.com/3099/2719729623_7b5c218f33.jpg?v=0

    where is it :)

  7. Mon says:

    6/ Janusz Korczak, in PKiN park (entrance from Swiętokrzyska Street).

    Janusz Korczak (aka: Henryk Goldszmidt), was a doctor, teacher, publicist, educator. Known from King Macius the 1st story. He was killed in Treblinka, after refusing Nazi’s offer to survive after warsaw Ghetto demolition.

  8. Radek says:

    Here is an attempt at a bonus point: Copernicus was a woman! ;)

  9. scatts says:

    mjn, has to be worth about 46 points if you ask me.

    guest, that’s the trouble with this type of quiz it seems whatever level you set the questions it is either too hard or too easy. Thanks for your supplemental question.

    Mon, very good very good…..

    Radek, I like your style – collect 10 bonus points!

  10. Jarek says:

    Radek: … and Marie Curie-Sklodowska was a woman too ;-)…

  11. guest says:

    100 important Poles in the “FAKT” (polish theSUN) ranking

    1 Jan Paweł II 3950
    2 Józef Piłsudski 805
    3 Lech Wałęsa 685
    4 Mikołaj Kopernik 592
    5 Jan Bytnar ps. Rudy 292
    6 Maria Skłodowska-Curie 284
    7 Kazimierz Wielki 264
    8 Ryszard Kukliński 255
    9 Fryderyk Chopin 253
    10 św. Brat Albert 194
    11 Kazimierz Górski 186
    12 Tadeusz Kościuszko 172
    13 Stefan Wyszyński 163
    14 Zawisza Czarny 156
    15 Adam Mickiewicz 133
    16 Jerzy Popiełuszko 118
    17 Władysław Jagiełło 117
    18 Bolesław Chrobry 114
    19 św. Maksymilian Kolbe 105
    20 Jan III Sobieski 94
    21 Stefan Starzyński 93
    22 Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński 81
    23 Władysław Anders 78
    24 Czesław Miłosz 76
    25 Stefan Żeromski 71
    26 Henryk Sienkiewicz 65
    27 Mieszko I 62
    28 Józef Chełmoński 61
    29 Leopold Okulicki 60
    30 św. Andrzej Bobola 57
    31 Stefan Batory 51
    32 Mariusz Zaruski 47
    33 Zbigniew Herbert 42
    34 Wisława Szymborska 42
    35 Jan Matejko 37
    36 Gabriel Narutowicz 37
    37 Henryk Dobrzański 35
    38 Stefan Czarniecki 34
    39 Witold Gombrowicz 33
    40 Aleksander Fredro 32
    41 Jan Kochanowski 30
    42 Stańczyk 30
    43 Ignacy Paderewski 27
    44 Henryk Wieniawski 27
    45 Cyprian Kamil Norwid 26
    46 Witold Pilecki 26
    47 Józef Wybicki 26
    48 Władysław Sikorski 25
    49 Stefan Rowecki 24
    50 Tytus Chałubiński 23
    51 Stanisław Moniuszko 23
    52 Tadeusz Bór-Komorowski 22
    53 Eliza Orzeszkowa 22
    54 Hipolit Cegielski 21
    55 Julisz Słowacki 20
    56 Henryk Sucharski 20
    57 Władysław Grabski 19
    58 Stanisław Maczek 18
    59 Edward Śmigły-Rydz 18
    60 Ignacy Krasicki 17
    61 Józef Bem 16
    62 Jan Henryk Dąbrowski 15
    63 Emil Fieldorf 15
    64 Wincenty Witos 15
    65 Maria Dąbrowska 14
    66 Mikołaj Rej 14
    67 Stanisław Wyspiański 14
    68 Jan Kiliński 13
    69 Jan Długosz 12
    70 Jan Heweliusz 12
    71 Hugo Kołłątaj 12
    72 Kazimierz Pułaski 12
    73 Wit Stwosz 12
    74 Antoni Chruściel ps. Monter 11
    75 Maria Konopnicka 11
    76 Augustyn Kordecki 11
    77 Tadeusz Kutrzeba 10
    78 Tadeusz Rejtan 10
    79 Władysław Reymont 10
    80 Romuald Traugutt 10
    81 Ignacy Łukasiewicz 9
    82 Stanisław Sosabowski 9
    83 Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz 9
    84 Wincenty Kadłubek 8
    85 Ignacy Mościcki 8
    86 Józef Poniatowski 8
    87 Bolesław Prus 7
    88 Piotr Skarga 7
    89 Stanisław Staszic 7
    90 Helena Modrzejewska 6
    91 Leopold Staff 5
    92 Piotr Ściegienny 5
    93 Józef Chłopicki 4
    94 Józef Ignacy Kraszewski 4
    95 Juliusz Ordon 4
    96 Ludwik Rydygier 3
    97 Józef Sowiński 3
    98 Stanisław Konarski 2
    99 Zygmunt Krasiński 2
    100 Karol Szymanowski

    Now find their monuments :D (but plz no more JPII ;) )

  12. scatts says:

    Interesting list. Surprised by a few names and also positions on the list. JPII is unassailable.

    Tell me how a football coach, Kazimierz Górski, gets to be higher than Popiełuszko, for example? No Lem or Lec. About a thousand painters missing……

    You did say it was The Sun.

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  14. Bob says:

    I thought they were all Kaczor in Halloween garb – you are pulling our leg with all the historic names!

  15. guest says:

    Yes there are of course about 100 interesting names missing…

    All the Polish jews, film makers, componists, engineers, or a man like Kukuczka, Brzezinski and many many others…

    11th place for Kazimierz Gorski is of course a joke. He is maybe 1111.

  16. Pawel says:

    Who’s Kukuczka?

  17. island1 says:

    Okay *cracks knuckles* I’ll give it a go. Bear in mind my main expertise is in statues with wheels though.

    1. Some German guy with a broken tennis racquet
    2. Spock performing a Vulcan mind meld on himself
    3. Fat Alf Garnett
    4. Oscar Wilde having a heart attack
    5. The Dalek Pope
    6. Errrmm…
    7. Oskar from the Tin Drum
    8. Sylwia (too easy, she has her picture on her blog)
    9. The horse is called Edward and was the great uncle of Mr Ed who emigrated at the age of 14 (in horse years)

  18. Sylwia says:

    8. Sylwia (too easy, she has her picture on her blog)

    OK, an extra question. Who is the woman who modelled as the siren?

  19. scatts says:

    Looks more like Thatcher to me.

  20. scatts says:

    Anyone for a caption competition?

    1/ “Thanks mum! Cool lollipop”

    2/ “You mean this hat?”

    3/ “Silly moo! Randy scouse git! It’s all the fault of the Jews up at Spurs, that’s what it is!”

    4/ “I have nothing to declare but my genius!”

    5/ “Look, no wheels!” or “Nessun dorma…..nessun dorma….”

    6/ “Quick, the Germans are coming! Let’s hide under this tree.”

    7/ “How come your mum always buys good hats and mine always buys them four sizes too big!”

    8/ “And so, the best way to demonstrate how important all the parts of a suspension bridge are is for me to chop through these cables right here….”

    9/ “Is it just me or is there a funny smell around here?”

  21. DC says:

    1/ It’s not a lollipop. It’s that weird unexplained thing from the road signs.

  22. Sylwia says:

    Goodness! You’re not game! No surprising all detectives in England are either older women, French, or stoned.

    Here’s a huge hint: She has something in common with picture 7.)

    (If you find the answer I’ll take “French” back.)

  23. Sylwia says:

    BTW If we’re erecting a monument for Kukuczka then I want one for Wanda Rutkiewicz:


    When will we make so many of them? Perhaps it’s time to utilize the popes?

  24. Pawel says:

    Ahahaha ehehehe LOL hahahahah ehehehe uhuhuhuhu

    5/ The Dalek Pope

    Island1, you made my day!

    ROTFL hahah ehehehehe

  25. island1 says:

    Was it Daryl Hannah?

  26. scatts says:

    Quiz is, obviously, closed. Everyone was right and can collect their prizes any time they like on February 29th 2009.

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