The huge canvas which goes by the lengthy title ‘Vytautas swears revenge on the Teutonic Knights against the background of burning Kaunas’ has come to Poland on temporary loan to mark the 30th anniversary of the renewal of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Situated in the town of Szczytno, northeast Poland, the 14th century castle made famous by Henryk Sienkiewicz’s 1900 novel The Teutonic Knights took three years to renovate.
Just a short train ride from Warsaw are two contrasting cities that lie only a stone’s throw apart.
Poland's and Lithuania's top officials on Wednesday marked the anniversary of the 1410 Battle of Grunwald, in which Polish-Lithuanian forces defeated the German–Prussian Teutonic Knights.
After being the bosses for decades in January 1920, the Germans relinquished control to the Poles.
Forensic police officer Daniel Wawrzyniak made the starling 14th century discoveries near the western town of Strzelce Krajeńskie, not far from Gorzów Wielkopolski.
One of the largest battles in medieval Europe, and widely considered one of the most important victories in Polish and Lithuanian history, the 15th July 1410 conflict shifted the balance of power in Central and Eastern Europe and marked the rise of the Polish–Lithuanian union as the dominant political and military force in the region.
The battle carried a special significance for Poles during the 123-year period when the nation did not exist on any map.