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WARSAW MERMAID - WARSZAWSKA SYRENKA


The Warsaw mermaid, "Syrenka Warszawska" is cognate with siren, but she is more properly a fresh-water mermaid, half-woman and half-fish, called "Melusina". It is the symbol of city and is featured in Warsaw's coat of arms since the mid of 14th century.
The syrenka has traditionally held a silver sword although this does not appear on more recent versions. Today the Coat of Arms of Warsaw consists of a syrenka ("little mermaid") in a red field.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_of_arms_of_Warsaw

Syrenka appears on a shield on every municipal building, on buses, trams and taxis. It can be also found in many locations in Warsaw, on buildings, walls and roofs, in the streets and parks, in signboards and gates.

Legend of the Warsaw Mermaid (by Artur Oppman):
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Once upon a time there were two mermaid sisters, who swam to the shore of the Baltic Sea from their home deep in the sea. They were very beautiful. One of them decided to swim towards the Danish straits, to the port of Copenhagen. The second swam up the Vistula River and came out of the water onto the sandy bank to rest. It was at the foot of today's Old Town and she decided to stay.
The fishermen living in this area noticed, that during their fishing someone was churning the waves of the Vistula River, tangling the nets and releasing the fish. But the mermaid enchanted them with her beautiful singing, and they did not harm her.
One day a wealthy merchant saw the mermaid and heard her lovely song. He quickly calculated how much money he could make displaying her at market fairs, so he captured her and imprisoned in a wooden shed without any water. A young farmhand heard the mermaid's cries, and with the help of friends he freed her at night. Grateful that the townspeople had defended her, the mermaid promised "when difficult times come, I will return and arm the city with a shield and sword." This is why the Warsaw Mermaid bears a sword and a shield to defend the city.
Poniatowskiego Bridge
Poniatowskiego Bridge
Slogan Sign Mermaid
Slogan Sign Mermaid
Three Modern Mermaids
Three Modern Mermaids
Mermaid With A Snake
Mermaid With A Snake
Mermaid On The Vase
Mermaid On The Vase
Patriotic Mermaid
Patriotic Mermaid
Omnibus Mermaid
Omnibus Mermaid
Mermaid On The Old Omnibus
Mermaid On The Old Omnibus
Warsaw Tramway Mermaid
Warsaw Tramway Mermaid
Mermaid With Food
Mermaid With Food
Two Mermaids
Two Mermaids
Mermaid On The Ship
Mermaid On The Ship
Mermaid On Bas-relief
Mermaid On Bas-relief
Guarding Mermaid
Guarding Mermaid
Bus Mermaid
Bus Mermaid
Mermaid Wearing A Bra
Mermaid Wearing A Bra
Mermaid In A Window
Mermaid In A Window
Mermaid On The Roof
Mermaid On The Roof
Tailors' Guild Mermaid
Tailors' Guild Mermaid
Mermaid On Walking Tour
Mermaid On Walking Tour
Mermaid Of Varsovia
Mermaid Of Varsovia
Mermaid On The Shield
Mermaid On The Shield
Mermaid
Mermaid
Mermaid At Dziekanka
Mermaid At Dziekanka
Mermaid And My District 's Crest
Mermaid And My District 's Crest
Mermaid On A Sword
Mermaid On A Sword
Euro 2012 Mermaid
Euro 2012 Mermaid
Water Supply Mermaid
Water Supply Mermaid
Mermaid On The Wall
Mermaid On The Wall
Mermaid With Shadows
Mermaid With Shadows
Mermaid Made Of Flowers
Mermaid Made Of Flowers
Mermaid On The Lantern Post
Mermaid On The Lantern Post
Mermaid And The Wings
Mermaid And The Wings
Trash Can Mermaid
Trash Can Mermaid
Two Mermaids, Old And Contemporary
Two Mermaids, Old And Contemporary
Mermaid With A Gun
Mermaid With A Gun
Mermaid On The Roof
Mermaid On The Roof
Mermaid On The Certificate
Mermaid On The Certificate
Mermaid Relief On The Building
Mermaid Relief On The Building
Decorative Mermaid
Decorative Mermaid
Mermaid In A Triangle
Mermaid In A Triangle
Warsaw Mermaid On A Bell
Warsaw Mermaid On A Bell
Mermaid With The Clouds
Mermaid With The Clouds
Mermaid On Markievicz Viaduct
Mermaid On Markievicz Viaduct
Theater Mermaid
Theater Mermaid
Mermaid Between The Windows
Mermaid Between The Windows
Mermaid With The Scissors
Mermaid With The Scissors
Coat Of Arms Mermaid
Coat Of Arms Mermaid
Metalwork Mermaid
Metalwork Mermaid
Modern Mermaid
Modern Mermaid
Mermaid Of The Shooting Sport Club
Mermaid Of The Shooting Sport Club
Mermaid On The Hospital
Mermaid On The Hospital
Warsaw Pass Mermaid
Warsaw Pass Mermaid
The Skeleton Mermaid
The Skeleton Mermaid
Streetcar Mermaid
Streetcar Mermaid
Mural Mermaid
Mural Mermaid