Krolikarnia Palace in Warsaw


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Krolikarnia Palace
At the time of the Wettin dynasty Palace housed a rabbit farm and that is where the name of Palace comes from (Krolikarnia means “rabbit farm”). It is a square building covered with a dome, recalling Andrea Palladio’s masterpiece, the Villa Rotonda, near Vicenza.

Palace is set in a garden on the slope of the escarpment in the district of Mokotow. Was designed by Dominik Merlini for Karol de Valery Thomatis, the director of Stanislaw August Poniatowski’s royal theatres. Today the palace hosts an exhibition gifted to the nation by the artist and sculptor Xavery Dunikowski, which presents the work of artists who once stayed at the concentration camp in Auschwitz. After the Second World War palace was remodeled and received classical Roman form with ornaments and a stone portico housing allegories of art and science in the arched entranceways.

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