This feature was inspired by the story of Lech, the legendary founder of the Polish nation. It is said that one day he
came across an eagle's nest quite by accident. He was startled to see the great white eagle rise and spread
its massive wings as she tried to defend her eaglets. The sight of the eagle against the red of the setting sun was
indeed an awesome sight to behold. The story says that it inspired Lech to choose the eagle as the symbol of
the new Polish nation. I for one would like to believe this is true. It must be true since the eagle has been the
symbol of Poland since time immemorial !!
After millennia Polish people continue to admire the eagle, and celebrate and honor it as the symbol of their beloved
Poland, Everywhere there are impressive displays of flags and banners depicting the noble image of the eagle. As
well, they are conspicuous graced on medals, military uniforms, and countless other ways.
This feature is affectionately entitled, Polish Eagles Among Us, and is a pictorial illustration of eagle symbols in
Polish architecture. Some eagle symbols are resplendent and conspicuous, while others are more sedate, and
rarely even noticed. Polish cities are abound with surprises and delights, and it pays to look at details.
You may spot an eagle!
Warsaw University gate adorned by Polish crowned eagle emblem
Warsaw University entrance
Warsaw. Filtrowa 57. Eagle on the building of the pre-war seat of
the Warsaw Voivodship and the district office of the Earth. Picture
before renovation. Fig. Jerzy S Majewski
Warsaw. Filtrowa 57. During the renovation carried out a few months ago, after
removing the layer of paint, an original eagle made in precious plaster appeared. A
pre-war inscription, District Earth Office, was also unveiled. Fig. Jerzy S. Majewski
Gdynia. Metal-plastic eagle above the entrance to the court building at pl. Konstytucji
5. The building's design: Zbigniew Karpiński, Tadeusz Sieczkowski, Roman Sołtyński,
1935-1936. Fig. Jerzy S. Majewski
Warsaw. Al. Szucha 25. An eagle on the classicizing façade of the former Ministry of Public
Education designed by Zdzisław Mączeński in 1925-1930. Fig. Jerzy S. Majewski
Nowy Orzeł on the facade of the Warsaw Garrison
Command building (FRANCISZEZ MAZUR)
The bas-relief is designed by Mieczysław Kotarbiński, made by bas-relief from Władysław Kącki. You can see it well only
at dusk, when the portico is highlighted. Blog Warsaw architecture Warsaw art deco Warsaw functionalism Warsaw
architecture functionalism Varsovie architecture Warschau
Warsaw. Targowa.74. An eagle on the facade of the building of the
PKP Directorate, built according to the design of Marian Lalewicz in
the years 1928-1929. Fig. Jerzy S. Majewski
Zabrze, Poland In November 1857, this very beautiful building was constructed in Art Deco
Style. Originally it was the site of a pharmacy. The building has been restored to its original
Prominent Polish Eagle Emblem at the entrance of the National Bank of Poland, Warsaw.
Eagle Emblem Hidden in Plain View, Fara Church, Bydgoszcz, Poland. It was added to the downspout of the roof gutter of the church
during the Nazi German occupation during World War II. The Germans never even noticed. It was a testament of the Polish spirit to
make their mark despite the brutal invasion and occupation.
Updated: June 24, 2018
New photos added (as well
as descriptions, if available).