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The Warsaw Uprising is an exceptional chapter in the city’s history - one that is both heroic and tragic. The monument commemorates the thousands of heroes of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising who gave their lives for their homeland, having fought against the occupiers for 63 days under woefully uneven odds. It is a two-part monument. The first part presents the fighters as they crawl out from under a bridge support, while the second part shows them entering the canal system. An entryway into the canal system used to escape from the Germans was located on Plac Krasińskich.
The courthouse project, designed by Badowski Budzyński Architects studio, was selected in an architectural competition held in 1991. The L-shaped building was constructed in 1997-1999. The building creates a gate above the road, and harkens back to the original shape of the Krasiński Palace. The building façade is made of reflective green glass, and from the site of Krasiński Square, the building is surrounded by a series of columns upon which are written legal maxims in Latin and Polish. At the back of the court are three bronze caryatids by Jerzy Juczkowicz; they have been placed in the water and actually hold up part of the building. They are personifications of the three theological virtues: faith, hope and love. In addition to the Supreme Court, the building also houses the Warsaw Court of Appeal and a branch of the Institute of National Remembrance.

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