The Tri-city's Lesser Known Monuments

08 May 2017

There are some monuments and statues which stand as famous landmarks and the calling cards of cities – you just need to think of New York’s Statue of Liberty or London’s Nelson’s Column as two well-known examples. We have always enjoyed seeking out the lesser known monuments just as much as the well-known ones, as we always find you can learn a lot about a city and its history by discovering the kind of people and the events that the residents and authorities of that city decided to honour with a lasting memorial. The ‘lesser’ monuments are quite often hidden in plain sight, maybe tended to a little less as the person or event that was honoured loses importance as the years past. In these cities, with their, at times, tumultuous history what were seen as memorial inspiring people and events for one group are seen as completely the opposite by another and the monuments often reflect that clearly. Some become little more than resting places for pigeons or worse. To track them down and to understand the inscriptions can often shed new light on a city and its history. So, while we of course urge you to seek out the Neptun statue in Gdansk, the Tri-city’s most famous and photographed statue, we also suggest you keep an eye for these lesser known or more obscure memorials. To help with the understanding of each we have included a translation of the, sometimes fairly unexciting, inscription.

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