Zelazowa Wola - Fryderyk Chopin birth place
Zelazowa Wola is a must see for all who love music of Fryderyk Chopin. This small village situated 52 km from Warsaw is a birthplace of Poland’s most famous composer of all times. The first mentions of Zelazowa Wola come from the first half of the 16th century.
Fryderyk Chopin was born here in 1810. His father, Nicholas - a Frenchman, was a French teacher of Count Skarbek’s family. Skarbek’s manor has not survived except for an outbuilding in which Chopin came into the world. In the cottage called “Chopin’s manor house” in 1928 the Friends of Fryderyk Chopin’s House Society created a museum. Unfortunately many souvenirs were lost during the Second World War. After the war, the manor was rebuilt and in 1948 the museum was opened again to the public. Today period furnishings, family portraits and photographs recall the atmosphere of the house. From spring to autumn concerts of Chopin’s music are given in the house and garden, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to hear the music of the most inspired composer of the Romantic period in the atmosphere of an early 19th century mansion. Artists arrive from Poland and abroad while the audience sits on benches or walks in the park. The splendid park around was arranged in the period between the two world wars. Around 500 species of trees and shrubs grow on this area. In the park there are three monuments to Fryderyk Chopin including an obelisk with the Chopin medallion dated 1894.