After much talk, work is finally set to begin to transform Warsaw’s iconic Uprising Mound in the south of the city...
Found in the city’s Siekierki district, the mound was created in the post-war years from tons of rubble brought from the center. Measuring approximately 35-meters in height, many viewed it as being a symbolic ‘tomb’.
Accessed by what is reputedly the longest stairwell in the city, the 350 steps currently take visitors to a peak proudly capped with a Kotwica – the official emblem of the 1944 Uprising.
Touting staggering views of the city, it’s here that annual commemorations to mark the insurgency reach their zenith with the solemn lighting of a pyre that is kept alight for 63-days – the length of the ill-fated battle.
Now, however, plans are afoot to lend the landmark a new lease of life and, in the process, make it more user-friendly.
Devised by topoScape and Archigrest, the approved plans envisage the creation of a park at the bottom that will feature, among other things, a dog run, playground, educational paths and raised treetop walkways.
Furthermore, repairs will be made to the stairwell whilst other changes will include the introduction of a lapidarium containing various bits and pieces found during the clearing of the city.
Additionally, the Kotwica will be moved slightly to make way for a two-tier viewing platform cut into the hill.
Costing approximately PLN 15 million, the projected should be completed by mid-Autumn of 2022.
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