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Location and Name
Skaryszewski Park is situated on the right bank of Vistula River. It occupies 58 ha, an area formerly made of meadows and pastures which previously belonged to the village of Skaryszew in the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1929, during the interwar period, the park was named after Ignacy Jan Paderewski, a famous Polish pianist, composer, and politician who contributed significantly to Poland’s independence. Paderewski’s name, removed after World War II for political reason, was finally restored in 1980. Varsovians, especially the young ones, usually call the park “Skaryszak”.
- Bust of Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1988). Stands at the entrance to the park. Founded by Janina and Zbigniew Porczyńscy.
- Dancer (1926, by Stanisław Jackowski). Situated in the rose garden. Sculpture of a young women dancing in ecstasy.
- Bathing woman (1929, by Olga Nieniewska). Situated on a small hill by the lake. Sculpture of a bathing woman.
- Monument to Edward Mandell House (1932, by Franciszek Black, Reconstructed by Marian Konieczny). House, the most trusted advisor of the American President Thomas Woodrow Wilson, advocated Poland’s independence after World War I. The original sculpture was founded by Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The monument survived the World War II, yet was destroyed in 1951.
- Monument to Red Army Soldiers (n.d.). Originally built over a grave of twenty six Russian soldiers, killed by the Nazis in 1944 during fighting in this area. Later, the bodies were buried in a cemetery and the monument relocated to its present location.
- Monument to British pilots (1988). Situated in the rose garden near the dancer’s sculpture. It commemorates the death of British pilots whose Consolidated B-24 Liberator was shot down by the Germans on 13 August 1944 during the Warsaw Uprising, and crashed on this site. It was unveiled in 1988 by Margaret Thatcher in the presence of Sergeant Henry Lloyd Lane, the only survivor of the crash.
Other interesting objects
- Kamionkowskie Lake. Vistula’s old river bed, now a centre of recreation. Canoe and pedalos are available for rental.
- Amphitheatre. A place where numerous cultural events, concerts and movie shows are held.
- Shrine (1937, designed by Janusz Alchimowicz). Constructed in white concrete.
- Praga Południe, Michał Pilich, wyd. Urząd Dzielnicy Praga Południe m. st. Warszawy