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Sigismund's Column
April 23, 2008   
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Zamkowy Square is one of Warsaw's best known sites and a frequent point of departure for sightseeing tours. The Royal Castle is here as is one of the capital's most famous landmarks-Sigismund's Column. With a history dating back more than 350 years, the column is the oldest secular monument in Warsaw.

Sigismund's column was erected in 1644 at the behest of King Ladislaus IV (1595-1648) to commemorate his father and predecessor King Sigismund III Vasa (1566-1632) who moved the capital from Cracow to Warsaw in 1596. The column was erected where it could be seen by everyone entering the town.

The column was designed by Augustyn Locci and Constanino Tencalla. The king's bronze figure, initially gold plated, was sculptured by Clemente Molli from Bologna.

Sigismund's Column has been renovated several times and remnants of earlier versions can be seen near the Royal Castle. The Germans demolished the monument and badly damaged the bronze statue during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. The column was rebuilt in 1949. Sigismund's Column now stands at 22 meters and is adorned by four eagles. The 2.75-meter king is dressed in armor and carries a cross in one hand and wields a sword in the other.

Local legend has it the world will end should the king's sword ever touch his pedestal.

Levies Report

In March, the hotels belonging to the WDA collected a combined zl.57,333.50 in the form of voluntary levies from hotel guests. Since the beginning of the year, a total of zl.159,872.23 has gone into the WDA's account.

Levies collected by WDA hotels in March 2008 (in zl.):
Hilton Warsaw Hotel&Convention Centre5,410.74
Holiday Inn Warsaw4,318.39
Hotel Rialto1,467.40
Hyatt Regency Warsaw5,872.64
InterContinental Warsaw6,026.28
Le Meridien Bristol Warsaw3,115.52
Le Regina2,097.00
Marriott Warsaw18,223.46
Novotel Warszawa Centrum184,40
Polonia Palace Hotel747.85
Radisson SAS Centrum Hotel2,242.13
Sheraton Warsaw Hotel & Towers4,452.65
Sofitel Victoria Warsaw202.00
The Westin Warsaw2,973.03
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