Monument to Copernicus in Torun

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

I’m in Torun, the place where Copernicus was born in 1473.

On 19 February 1839, twelve citizens of Torun were designed to promote a monument to Copernicus to conmemorate his birthday. The collection of donations was approved some months later. The monument was designed by Christian Friedrich Tieck (1776-1851).

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

The statue was erected in 1853 and represents Copernicus pointing at the sky with an armillar sphere in his hands. The inscription of the pedestal was drawn up by Alexander von Humboldt: “Nicolaus Copernicus Thorunensis, terrae motor, solis caelique stator” (“Nicolaus Copernicus of Thorun, mover of the Earth, stopper of the Sun and heavens”). In the other side: “Natus anno 1473, obiit anno 1543”.

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Of course, this is the monument in which everybody wants to take a picture!

Here you have an old postcard from the begining of the 20th century:

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Location: monument to Nicolaus Copernicus in Torun (map)

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