Olsztyn – Nicolaus Copernicus Bench

At the entrance to the city’s castle is this bench in honour of Nicolaus Copernicus, the mathematician, astronomer and diplomat. Between 1516 and 1521 Copernicus lived at the castle and was instrumental in defending it from attack.

It’s a common location for visitors to have their photo taken, sitting next to Copernicus. The sculpture was designed by Urszula Szmyt and the positioning allows Copernicus to look up at the night sky.

The bench and bronze statue were commissioned in 2003 to mark the city’s 650th anniversary.