Elbląg – Baker who Saved the City

This is the statue which commemorates the brave young baker who is said to have saved the city from attack during the Polish-Teutonic War in March 1521. It’s said that he used his baker’s wooden shovel (or whatever it’s called) to cut the rope to allow the defensive metal grate to fall in the market gate which stopped the attackers from gaining entry. It’s also said that the wooden shovel was left in the tower for 250 years as a reminder of how the city was saved.

This statue was designed by Waldemar Grabowiecki and was unveiled in September 2006. It’s clear that locals are rubbing the statue’s nose for good luck and it’s a light-hearted design.