Namiestnikowski Palace in Warsaw


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Namiestnikowski Palace
The palace was built in the 17th century for Commander Stanislaw Koniecpolski and later adopted to be the seat of the Russian tsar’s governor, General Jozef Zajaczek. In 1791-1792 the Congress of the Constitution of 3rd May gathered here.

The palace survived the Second World War without any serious damage and after renovation works it was designated to be the seat of the Council of Ministers. Since that time this building has witnessed many important political events. In 1955 the Warsaw Pact was signed here and in 1974 the treaty regulating Polish-German relations. In 1989 the palace hosted the Round Table debates between the representatives of the communist regime and its political opponents. Also the first political party was formed here. Since 1994 palace has been a residence for Polish presidents. In front of the palace there is monument to Duke Jozef Poniatowski.

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