Poznań's Freedom Mound restored for independence centenary

The almost 100-metre-high structure is located in the Jezioro Maltańskie (Lake Malta) district. Adam Ciereszko/PAP

The Freedom Mound in Poznań has been refurbished to mark Poland's centenary of regaining independence. The structure is planned to be re-opened on November 11.

The Freedom Mound will be used during the official ceremonies during the anniversary celebrations.

The structure was created following Poland regaining independence in 1918 but was dismantled during the Second World War. It was then rebuilt in a different form in the 1980s. The almost 100-metre-high structure is located in the Jezioro Małtańskie (Lake Malta) district of the western Polish city.

Modernisation work included replacing the access road at the mound's peak on the west side and platforms on the north side. New paving of stone blocks was laid on the existing slabs. On the peak, a spread foundation was built and a flagpole mounted. As part of the modernisation work, the mound has benefitted from monitoring, lighting and illumination. A noticeboard will be placed at the entrance to the mound bearing information about its history and symbolism.

"I’m glad it was possible to achieve the aim and bring this structure back to the city space on the 100th anniversary of regaining independence and the outbreak of the Wielkopolskie uprising," Poznań Deputy Mayor Mariusz Wisniewski stated. "The work has a social and patriotic dimension. It relates to the initiative of Poznań's residents in 1919."

The mound's construction commenced in 1919. The building work was financed through contributions and the construction work done by Poznań residents themselves. The structure was finished within three years but during the Second World War had to be dismantled. After the war, reconstruction of the Freedom mound started in the 1980s during work to prepare Lake Mata for the 1990 Kayaking World Championships.

The communist authorities officially refused permission for rebuilding the mound. The costs of bringing up earth from the bottom of the lake would have been too expensive, so the official reason for building the hill was to create a sporting and recreational complex at Lake Malta.