Wilanow Park and Palace in Warsaw

 

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Wilanow Park and Palace
Wilanow complex is located at the end of the Royal Route and it reminds about a glorious period in Polish history. Wilanow Palace was built in the end of the 17th century as the summer residence of King Jan III Sobieski who in 1683 won the battle at Vienna and saved Europe from Turkish invasion.


In 1696 Palace was inherited by the king’s sons, in 1720 was taken over by several Polish magnates and in 1730 again it became seat of King August II Wettin and later August III Wettin. Finally in 1805 it became one of the first museums opened to the public. This museum was founded by archeologist and art collector Stanislaw Kostka Potocki.

Wilanow complex is located at the end of the Royal Route and it reminds about a glorious period in Polish history. Wilanow Palace was built in the end of the 17th century as the summer residence of King Jan III Sobieski who in 1683 won the battle at Vienna and saved Europe from Turkish invasion. In 1696 Palace was inherited by the king’s sons, in 1720 was taken over by several Polish magnates and in 1730 again it became seat of King August II Wettin and later August III Wettin. Finally in 1805 it became one of the first museums opened to the public. This museum was founded by archeologist and art collector Stanislaw Kostka Potocki.

Wilanow Palace’s ground floor of the main building is furnished with original items from the time of John III Sobieski and Marie Casimire d’Arquien Sobieska. In the Queen’s Antechamber the walls are covered with original Baroque fabric while the ceiling has allegorical paintings. In the King’s Bedchamber the bed canopy is made of fabric brought back by Jan III Sobieski from his victory against the Turks at the Battle of Vienna in 1683. Worth mentioning is also Great Crimson Room which was reconstructed in 1900 to house the museum’s array of foreign paintings. Entrance ticket to Wilanow Palace costs 20 PLN per person (normal ticket) and 15 PLN per person (students and kids).

Wilanow Park was founded in the 17th century in old French style. Its oldest part encloses the Palace. Further from there, on the north side there is an English style garden. In this part of park there is a small building of Chinese Pavilion. Closer to the centre of Park there is a Rose Garden section which was designed by S. B. Zug. Main Gateway to the Park is crowned with allegorical figures of War and Peace. Entrance ticket to Wilanow Park costs 2 PLN per person (normal ticket) and 1 PLN per person (students and kids).

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