In the heart of the Sejm complex, a gallery of sculptures depicting the Speakers of the Chamber of Deputies from the period of the First Republic was initiated.
Marshal of the Sejm Marek Kuchciński unveiling the busts of the co-authors of the 3rd of May Constitution: Stanisław Małachowski, Marshal of the Four-Year Sejm, and Kazimierz Nestor Sapieha, Marshal of the Confederation of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, said:
We unveil the statues of these two marshals first, because this year we are celebrating the 450th anniversary of the signing of the Union of Lublin.
It united the two states, allowing for the creation of a
unique parliamentary system in Europe.
And the confirmation of the durability of the idea of the union took place in 1791 during the Four-Year Sejm in the presence of Marshals Malachowski and Sapieha.
The wisdom and foresight of both marshals, the deep political sense
political sense and respect for republican values made it possible to combine the
for sovereignty with reforming the system of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. These ideas are still
Last year, the act of union of Lublin was inscribed on the UNESCO World Memory of the World Program, which was jointly sought by Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus and Ukraine.
We hope that these sculptures, as works of national art placed in the grounds of the Sejm, as well as the portraits of the Marshals of the First and Second Republics, will help to shape the historical memory and social sensitivity of the Poles," emphasized the Speaker of the Sejm.
This gallery is one of the projects undertaken last year as part of the celebrations of the 550th anniversary of the Parliamentarism of the Republic of Poland.