Copernicus died on 24 May 1543 and was buried in the cathedral of Frombork but there is no record of where his tomb was located.
Hi tomb was searched in several occasions (1802, 1909, 1939 and 2004) but it wasn’t until 2005 that a team led by Jerzy Gąssowski discovered what they believed to be Copernicus’ remains. The discovery was announced only after further research, on 3 November 2008 and now we are lucky to be able to visit his tomb.
Near the main entrance of the cathedral there is the first clue to see that you are in the correct place:
Two columns later, you find the new grave of the astronomer:
Through a small window located on the floor it’s possible to see the new sarcophagus with a portrait of him:
The heliocentric system is represented in the top of this new monument…
… and not so far you can find the portrait from the epitaphiumfrom 1735. The Chapter of Warmia erected the first stone with an epitaph for Copernicus in 1580 but after the destruction of it in the 18th century, a new one was erectedin a place having no connection to the actual burial place of the tomb.
I visited Euler’s tomb in 2012, Newton’s tomb in 2013 and now, Copernicus’ tomb in 2014. Who will be the next?
Location: Frombork castle (map)