A new museum of the Battle of Grunwald, one of the largest battles in Medieval Europe, is planned to open by 2020.
The construction of the new museum is the initiative of the Warmia-Masuria provincial authorities.
During the laying of the cornerstone event, Head of the Region, Mr. Gustaw Brzezin, said that the Grunwald battlefield is the symbol of the region.
“Apart from Nicolaus Copernicus, Grunwald is the second most recognized name in the Warmia-Masuria Region. Grunwald is also of national significance, because here the largest Medieval battle took place.”
Mr. Brzezina continued to say that the Grunwald battlefield is a huge tourist attraction during summers, when thousands of spectators come to watch the reenactment of the famous 1410 battle.
“We would like to see this many tourists visit our region all year round”, added the official.
The PLN 30 mln investment will be co-financed by the European Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment 2014-2020 (PLN 15 million) and by the regional government (PLN 15 million).
The current seasonal Grunwald museum has become too small and does not meet the needs of visitors and curators any more.
The new 3,500 square building will be multifunctional. It will include not only exhibition space, but also an indoor court for staging medieval knight tournaments, a conference room, staff offices as well as customer service and shopping areas.
The Battle of Grunwald took place on July 15, 1410, and was a major Polish-Lithuanian victory over the Knights of the Teutonic Order. It stopped the order’s expansion along the southeastern coast of the Baltic Sea and marked the emergence of Poland-Lithuania as one of Europe’s most powerful states.