The original Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was designed here in 1925 in the arches of the colonnade of the Saxon Palace. There were ashes of unknowns as well as urns filled with soil from every WW I battlefield. When the Germans destroyed the palace after the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, only the part of the colonnade that protected these remains was preserved. The palace was never rebuilt. The memorial now contains urns from every 20th century battlefield where Polish troops lost their lives. The Tomb is guarded 24 hours a day with a changing of the guards every hour. On Sundays at noon there is a special ceremony. There is an eternal flame, and the site is beautifully lit up at night. It's quite impressive. The Tomb sits on one edge of the Marshall Pilsudski Square. The square was originally the courtyard of the Saxon Palace but is now used for various gatherings - religious, military, national. A large cross sits at the opposite side of the square from the Tomb. If driving past, you cannot miss the cross or square, but you might miss the Tomb as it sits far back off the road.
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