Royal Castle in Warsaw

 

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Royal Castle
The decision to build the Royal Castle was made when Zygmunt III Vasa moved the capital from Krakow to Warsaw in 1596. Castle was completely destroyed by the Germans during World War 2 and reconstructed from 1971 to 1988 thanks to efforts of the whole community.


The reconstructed building recalls the residence as it was at the beginning of the 18th century. The late Baroque façade overlooking the Vistula River dates back from the time of August III and the splendid interiors from that of Stanislaw August. The Castle is crowned by Zygmunt III Vasa’s Tower which is 60 m high and was built in 1619. The Gothic history of the castle is recalled by vaulting of the cellars. The most attractive hall is the Ballroom, decorated with 17 pairs of golden columns. The Marble Room keeps the magnificent portraits of Polish rulers. Senators’ Room was the place where formally the Constitution of 3rd May was adopted in 1791. In this room there is also a reconstructed royal throne. Other interesting interiors are: Royal Princes’ Rooms with historical paintings by Jan Matejko, Knights’ Hall with sculpture of Chronos, Canaletto Room with his paintings dedicated to Warsaw and Apartment of Prince Stanislaw Poniatowski. On the second floor there is a Lanckoronski Gallery with paintings of Rembrandt. Many important elements of the interiors can be seen today thanks to employees of National Museum who managed to save some furniture, carvings, paintings and elements of the woodwork and wainscoting during the evacuation of the castle in 1944.

In the winter season (October - April):

the castle interiors are open

Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

on Sundays 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. entry free-of-charge

(visiting the Great Apartment and the King's Apartment).

CASTLE TOUR

The Great and The King's Apartment

regular rate 22,00 pln

reduced rate 14,00 pln

family ticket (per person)* 13,00 pln/pers.

* family with children under 17 years old

[Old Town]





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