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Monument to Tadeusz Kościuszko opens in Switzerland

The monument in Swiss Solothurn is cast in bronze. It is 181 centimeter long and depicts Kościuszko in uniform with medals on his chest.

It was here where the military and political leader spent his last days.

The solemn ceremony was attended by representatives of the Belarusian diaspora, who initiated the creation of the monument, as well as Belarusian diplomats.

Pavel Matsukevich, Charge d'Affaires a.i. of Belarus in Switzerland:
The value of the opening of this monument is definitely great.

If I am not mistaken, it is the first monument, opened by the Belarusian diaspora abroad.

For the Belarusian-Swiss relations in general this is a special case. We considered this a monument not just as a cultural event. We think that with this monument we begin to write the history of our relationship with the city of Solothurn.

Alexander Sapega, Deputy Chairman of the Association of Belarusians in Switzerland:
Officially, this is the national hero of the country. And we have the right, like Poles and Americans, to honor this hero. Therefore we are putting a monument to him. We are now laying the foundation of our tourist map. 

It may be the first in history when Belarusians not only defend their national values, but also provide an opportunity for citizens of other countries to learn who Tadeusz Kosciuszko is.

The streets of this ancient Swiss city remember Kosciuszko in his old age, as a simple and very generous person. Sources say that he always helped the poor.

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Monument to Tadeusz Kościuszko opens in Switzerland