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Old March 24th, 2013, 09:35 PM   #61
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Branicki palace - Białystok, Poland
Crown of the Kingdom of Poland



The Palace was built for Count Jan Klemens Branicki, Great Crown Hetman and patron of art and science, raised in the French milieu of the Polish aristocracy, who transformed a previous house into the suitably magnificent residence of a great Polish noble, a rival to Wilanów Palace, making a start in 1726. He also laid out the central part of the town of Bialystok, not a large place in the 18th century, with its triangular market.

The original wooden manor of the Raczkowicz family that occupied the site was transformed in the 16th century into a brick two-storey castle for Piotr Wiesiołowski the Younger. The architect was Hiob Bretfus, who constructed the a gothic-renaissance structure with a moat and earth remparts. Shortly after the property was inherited by Stefan Mikołaj Branicki he commissioned the transformation of the castle into a baroque mansion. The structure was thoroughly reconstructed between 1691-1697 by Tylman Gamerski, including one of the towers adapted to a staircase. During the subsequent reconstruction the side outbuildings were enhanced, the Ionic colonnade above the main entrance was erected and the whole structure was adorned with sculptures. Further expansion of the palace was conducted by Jan Klemens Branicki and his wife Izabella Poniatowska. Starting in 1728 the reconstruction of the palace was directed by Johann Sigmund Deybel. Under his supervision, the structure was enhanced, the tympanum and domes on the towers were added. Deybel is also the author of the main façade. The existing pavilions and outbuildings were merged with the main building (corps de logis) according to French model to form wings surrounding a horseshoe court - the courtyard of honor (cour d'honneur), which was closed with a gate built in 1758 by Jan Henryk Klemm. Among notable architects employed in reconstruction was Pierre Ricaud de Tirregaille.


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After the death of Deybel, in the years 1750-1771, the rebuilding of the palace was supervised by Jakub Fontana, who was an author of the palace's vestibule, rococo interiors and the staircase with statues by Jan Chrysostom Redler (1754). The fence between the initial (avant cour) and honor courtyard was adorned in 1757 with two monumental sculptures by Redler - Hercules fighting the dragon and Hercules fighting the hydra. Interior decorations were conducted by artists such as Szymon Czechowicz, Louis Marteau, Augustyn Mirys, Jean-Baptiste Pillement, fresco painters such as Georg Wilhelm Neunhertz (in 1738) and Antoni Herliczka and stucco decorators Samuel Contesse and Antoni Vogt.[8]
The newly created Versailles de la Pologne concentrated many great artists, poets including Elżbieta Drużbacka and Franciszek Karpiński and scientists. A theater, orchestra and ballet were established. Among notable guests were King Augustus II the Strong (1726 to 1727 and again in 1729), King Augustus III and his wife and sons Prince Francis Xavier and Prince Charles (1744 and 1752), Prince Charles of Saxony, Duke of Courland (twice in 1759), Bishop Ignacy Krasicki (1760), King Stanisław August Poniatowski (occasionally), Emperor Joseph II Habsburg (1780), Grand Duke Paul, future Tsar Paul I of Russia, with his wife (1782), King Louis XVIII of France (1798),[9] French, English, Turkish and Russian envoys and Italian actress.

With the first Partition of Poland it went to the Prussian Kingdom and, after 1807, to Russia. In the summer of 1920, briefly, the palace was the headquarters of the Provisional Polish Revolutionary Committee. Branicki Palace suffered from bombing and fires caused by the Germans, with 70% damage. It was restored after World War II as a matter of national pride. The Medical University is today housed in the Palace.


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Pearl of rococo - palace of counts Potocki in Radzyń Podlaski:










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Radziwiłł Palace - Nieborów, Poland
Crown of the Kingdom of Poland



The origins of Nieborów date back to the end of 12th century when a settlement was founded and afterwards a village with the wooden mansion and the church erogated in 1314. At the beginning of the 16th century a Gothic Renaissance mansion was raised which lasted till the 17th century. At that period of time the Nieborów grounds belonged to the Nieborowski family of the Prawda (Truth) coat of arms.

In 1694 Cardinal Michał Stefan Radziejowski bought the grounds together with the mansion from Nieborowski family and using the existing walls of the older building, he built a baroque palace designed by Tylman van Gameren. In his last will the cardinal offered the Nieborów grounds as well as the palace to Konstancja Towiańska née Niszczycka and Jerzy Hipolit Towiański. In 1723 their son Krzysztof Mikołaj Towiański sold the grounds to General Aleksander Jakub Lubomirski and his wife Karolina Fryderyka von Vitzhum.
Since 1736 the owners of Nieborów grounds were Stanisław and Jan Józef Lochocki, who sold the grounds in 1766 to the great Lithuanian hetman Michał Kazimierz Ogiński. In the years 1766-1768 the hetman redesigned the palace's interiors in the rococo style.

In 1774 the new owner of Nieborów became Duke Michał Hieronim Radziwiłł, the voivode of Vilnius and one of the richest Polish–Lithuanian magnates. Michał Hieronim Radziwiłł organised one of the most significant collection of paintings by European masters of art – Dutch, German, Italian and Spanish. He also laid foundations to the collection of portraits of famous Polish and foreign personalities, several thousand engravings and etchings and a unique library of old prints (dating back to the 16th century), sets of Polish, English and French, furniture, artistic handicraft and decorative art – silvers, porcelain, glass and fabrics. At the beginning of 70s of the 18th century architect Szymon Bogumił Zug founded regular (French) garden for Michał Hieronim Radziwiłł. He also rebuilt the interior of the palace in the early classicist style in 1784 (Yellow and Green Cabinet, Voivode's Bedroom). The duke also introduced modern forms of management of the grounds on the farm.
His wife Helena née Przeździecka founded famous romantic garden which she called Arkadia, following the assumptions of English theoreticians. In the pavilions of gardens she gathered together a collection of art originating mostly from ancient Greece and Rome. After the death of Michał Hieronim Radziwiłł in 1831 Nieborów grounds started to fall into decline, the golden era of the palace ended.

The heirs argued over the great succession within Russian Empire, Polish Kingdom and the Great Duchy of Poznań. In 1841 a part of lands within Polish Kingdom with Nieborów was inherited by the son of Michał Hieronim – Michał Gedeon Radziwiłł, the general of Polish army and one of the Commanders-in-Chief in the November uprising in 1831. His son and heir Zygmunt Radziwiłł appeared to be a spendthrift who led the ancestral estates to ruin. He sold the best part of his grandfather’s collection of paintings and library at auctions in Paris and sold the Gardens of Arkadia with all of its unique equipment. Luckily, in 1879 he sold the whole Nieborów estate to his nephew Michał Piotr Radziwiłł and moved to France. The new owner raised palace from ruin, bought Arkadia, opened the workshops of furniture and majolica, renovated and furnished the residence and re-supplied the Palace Library. He died in 1903 leaving no heir. Three years later widow after him sold Nieborów grounds together with the palace to his cousin - Janusz Radziwiłł, Lord of the manor of Ołyż.

Janusz Radziwiłł was a well-known political and economic activist of the inter-war period.
In years 1922-1929 he rebuilt the interiors of the Palace in Nieborów - among others the Venetian Chamber, and the Tobacco Room (architect Kazimierz Skórewicz), he also added the third floor (architect Romuald Gutt) making Nieborów a known residence near Warsaw which was visited by famous politicians and personalities from public life in Poland. In the dramatic times of the Nazi occupation he participated in the political activities of the resistance movement.

At the same time his son – Edmund Radziwiłł, together with his wife Izabela, were managing the grounds in Nieborów and participating in the resistance movement of Armia Krajowa - Łowicz (Home Army). Janusz Radziwiłł was imprisoned in Soviet Union by Soviet NKVD twice—in 1939 and 1945–1947. After the Warsaw uprising in December 1944 he was put in prison in Berlin by the Germans. Since 1947 he lived in Warsaw where he died in 1967. His wife Anna Radziwiłł née Lubomirska died in 1947 in Krasnogorsk. The younger members of the Radziwiłł family from Nieborów returned to Poland after the deportation, survived the worst period of real socialism and still live in Warsaw.


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Green Gate Gdansk


With the Golden Gate and the Highland Gate, the Green Gate spans the Long Market and Long Street, together comprising the Royal Route. The Green Gate was clearly inspired by the Antwerp City Hall.[1] It was built 1568-71 as the formal residence of Poland's monarchs.[2] It is a masterpiece by Regnier (or Reiner van Amsterdam), an Amsterdam architect,[3] and reflects Flemish architectural influence in Gdańsk. Hans Kramer likely participated in its construction.
On 11-20 February 1646 the future Queen of Poland, Marie Louise Gonzaga, was entertained here. In the late 18th century the Nature Society was housed here, but soon moved to the Naturalists' House (Research Society House).
Today the Green Gate houses the National Museum in Gdańsk. Exhibitions, meetings, conferences and shows are held here. The Gdańsk office of former Polish President Lech Wałęsa is located in one of the rooms.
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Pacai (Pacowie) palace - Jieznas, Lithuania
Grand Duchy of Lithuania

In XIX c. destroyed of of largest and famous palace in all Commonwealth. Last reconstruction was made in the end of XVIII c. Palace had 12 halls, 52 rooms, 365 windows. After 1831 uprising against Russia Empire palace was confiscated.

Painting by N. Orda of ruins of palace in the end of XIX c.



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Palace on the water, Lazienki krolewskie (Royal baths) - Warsaw, Poland
Crown of the Kingdom of Poland



Łazienki Park was designed in the 17th century by Tylman van Gameren, in the baroque style, for Stanisław Herakliusz Lubomirski. It took the name Łazienki ("Baths") from a bathing pavilion that was located there.

In 1764 the gardens were acquired by Stanisław August Poniatowski, after his election that year as King of Poland.

The development of the classical-style gardens became a major project for King Stanisław August. The park-and-palace complex was designed by Domenico Merlini, Johann Christian Kammsetzer and landscape gardener Jan Chrystian Schuch. Its principal buildings stand beside or near the Łazienki Lake and Łazienki River. Stanisław August's palace is situated on the lake and hence is known as the "Palace on the Water."

Most of the buildings in the park suffered severe fire damage during and after the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, amid fighting between German and Polish forces. The structures nevertheless were relatively well-preserved, compared to those in the Old Town; here the Germans had drilled holes in the palace walls for placement of explosive charges, but charges had not been placed to destroy the buildings.

Reconstruction of the park and palaces was completed within a few years after World War II.

Palac na wodzie - Lazienki Palace


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The palace is built on an artificial island that divides the lake into two parts, a smaller northern lake and a larger southern one. The palace is connected to the surrounding park by two Ionic colonnaded bridges. The façades are unified by an entablature carried by giant Corinthian pilasters that link its two floors and are crowned by a balustrade that bears statues of mythologic figures. The north façade is relieved by a central pedimented portico. On the south front, a deep central recess lies behind a screen of Corinthian columns.

The building began as a bathhouse for Stanisław Herakliusz Lubomirski, owner of adjacent Ujazdów Castle. After 1678 the Lubomirski palace complex in Ujazdów, was enriched with four park pavilions: Arcadia, Hermitage, Frascati and the largest of them the Bathhouse.

The marble building was constructed before 1683 according to design by Tylman Gamerski. Finished in 1689, it was intended to serve as a bathhouse, habitable pavilion and a garden grotto. Interiors of the newly built structure were embellished with profuse stucco decorations, also designed by Gamerski. Among the decorations were water deities (like Nereus), surrounding the main decorational feature of the pavilion - the fountain. Other chambers had richly decorated plafonds and supraportes, while the walls were covered with Delft tiles. The façades and interiors were decorated with sculptures, reliefs, Latin inscriptions (Musa Dryas, Nymphaeque boves et Pastor Apollo / Hic maneant, fugiat diva Minerva domus - Muse, dryad and nymphs, bullocks and Apollo the shepherd let stay here, the divine Minerva let disdain this house on the portal of the southern façade) and Lubomirski coat of arms - Szreniawa.

Stanisław August Poniatowski decided to convert it into private quarters, and it was remodeled by Domenico Merlini between 1764 to 1795.

On the palace's ground floor is the Bacchus Room, decorated with 17th-century Dutch blue tiles and a painting from Jacob Jordaens' workshop depicting Silenus and Bacchantes. The 1778 ceiling painting, Bacchus, Ceres, Venus and Cupid by Jan Bogumił Plersch, was destroyed by German forces in 1944.

The Rotunda, designed by Domenico Merlini, occupies the central portion of the palace. Decorated in yellow and white marble, with figures of the Polish kings, it is one of the most important examples of neoclassical decoration within the palace. It leads to the Bath Room and the Ballroom. On the other side of the Rotunda is the lower Picture Gallery, which contains minor works by Rubens and Rembrandt, and the chapel. Also on the ground floor is the Dining Room in which the famous Thursday Dinners took place, to which King Stanisław August Poniatowski invited leading Freemasons and other notables of the Polish Enlightenment. Its furniture and paintings are in the Classicist style.

The Solomon Room, one of the largest of the palace's ground-floor interiors, was embellished with a series of paintings depicting the History of Solomon.[6] It comprised six paintings: The Dream of Solomon (plafond), The Queen of Sheba before Solomon, The Judgment of Solomon, Consultation with King Hiram (friezes), Dedication of the Temple and Solomon's Sacrifice (walls). They were executed for King Stanisław Augustus in 1791–93 by Marcello Bacciarelli and depicted the monarch himself as the biblical king. All these paintings were deliberately and completely destroyed by the Germans in 1944 (burned in a fire before the palace) during the preparations to blow up the building.

On the first floor are the royal apartments, the upper picture gallery, the balcony room, the king's cabinet, the royal bed chambers, the cloakroom, and the officer's room.

During World War II, the Germans drilled holes into the walls for explosives but never got around to blowing up the palace.


http://www.zacisze.waw.pl/img/artyku...10_11/8981.jpg


http://strony.aster.pl/foto/warszawa...krolewskie.jpg

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As I know there are two copies of this palace in Lithuania
One example, Trakų Vokė palace, but still waiting for restoration.

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Old Orangery, Lazienki Krolewskie (Royal baths) - Warsaw, Poland
Crown of the Kingdom of Poland


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The Old Orangery was erected in 1786-88 in a rectangular horseshoe shape, with the southern façade of the core structure broken up by pilasters and arcaded great windows. It houses a magnificent interior.

The building contains a well-preserved wooden theatre (one of the few in Europe to retain its original 18th-century decor), with space for over two hundred people, not including those in the royal boxes. The auditorium, consisting of stalls and surrounding balconies, is richly decorated with paintings. The walls between the balconies, divided by twin pilasters, are adorned with female statues holding chandeliers. To complete the classical pose, pieces from King Stanisław's extensive collection fill the long galleries behind the auditorium.



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The theatre of Stanislaw August Poniatowski
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Lubomyrsky Palace, Rivne (Rowne), Ukraine, ХVIII cen.











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All those castles are stunning!! :O Thanks so much for sharing all the info with us.
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Myślewicki Palace, Lazienki Krolewskie (Royal baths) - Warsaw, Poland
Crown of the Kingdom of Poland


The Myślewicki Palace (Polish: Pałac Myślewicki) is a rococo-neoclassical palace in Warsaw's Royal Baths Park. It was created for king Stanisław August Poniatowski as one of the first buildings in the Royal Baths. Its name derives from the nearby not-existing village Myślewice.

Initially, the palace was inhabited by the king's courtiers and later by Józef Antoni Poniatowski, the king's nephew. The cartouche above the main entrance was decorated with his initials JP.

In the 19th century and during the People's Republic of Poland the palace served as a guest house and opened its doors to eminent guests such as Napoleon I and U.S. President Richard Nixon.

On September 15, 1958 the first meeting of the ambassadors of the People's Republic of China and the United States took place in the palace, which is considered as the first attempt to establish contacts between the two countries.

The facade is adorned with a huge shell-bowl with sculptures by Jakub Monaldi depicting Zephyr and Flora, while the mild warping of the roof refer to the popular Chinese designs.

Large parts of the original interior furnishings fortunately survived the last world war - paintings by Jan Bogumił Plersch from 1778 and Antoni Gerżabka as well as stucco decorations and sculptures. Particularly valuable are the Dining Room with views of Rome and Venice and the Bathroom with a plafond by Plersch depicting Zephyr and Flora.

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In this room the first negotiations after WWII between a chinese ambassador and a U.S ambassador took place in 1958

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Sapiegos palace in Vilnius, Lithuania
Grand Duchy of Lithuania

Palace was built in 1691-1697. In 1809 the palace was acquired by the Russian government and restructured into a military hospital in 1843. Much of the rich interior was destroyed throughout the 19th century.The palace is surrounded by the remains of the 17th-century formal park, with parterres, ponds, and avenues. The impressive Baroque gate secures the entrance to the park from the Antakalnis street and the other gate is in the opposite side of the park, near the palace. Both of them have been recently restored.

Palace before reconstrucion in XIX c.

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^ Astonishing! Just a minor thing, you've added incorrect coat of arms (Jan Kazimierz Sapieha the Younger held the Polish coat of arms "Lis", see below).



Baroque Sapieha Palace in Wieleń (founded by Piotr Paweł Sapieha, built in 1749-1750, burned down during WW2)

The palace in the 19th century

* note that palace on the picture above doesn't have west wing, which was demolished in the late 18th century, after partitions of Poland

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Pacai palace in Vilnius, Lithuania
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Palace was built in the end of XVII c.
Facade of palace was almost destroyed during XIX c.




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how palace will look like after the final restoration (on the left)



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^ Beautiful project! More about Palace of the Pac Family renovation in Vilnius/Wilno: http://pl.delfi.lt/kultura/kultura/a....d?id=62056369





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Pieskowa Skała Castle

Probably one of my favourite castles in poland

Pieskowa Skała castle, built by King Kazimierz Wielki, is one of the best-known examples of a defensive Polish Renaissance architecture. It was erected in the first half of the 14th century as part of the chain of fortified castles called Orle Gniazda (Eagles Nests), along the highland plane of the Polish Jura (Polish: Jura Krakowsko-Częstochowska) extending north-west from Kraków to the city of Częstochowa.
The castle was renovated and donated in 1377 by king Louis I of Hungary to Piotr Szafraniec of Łuczyce, according to a more modern interpretation by the 15th century chronicler Jan Długosz, but the family gained the full ownership rights of the castle only in 1422 from King Władysław Jagiełło in recognition of the faithful service at the Battle of Grunwald by Piotr Szafraniec, the chamberlain of Kraków.
The castle was rebuilt in 1542–1544 by Niccolň Castiglione with participation from Gabriel Słoński of Kraków. The sponsor of the castle's reconstruction in the mannerist style was the calvinist, Stanisław Szafraniec, voivode of Sandomierz. At that time the original medieval tower was transformed into a scenic double loggia decorated in the sgraffito technique. Between 1557–1578, the trapezoid shape courtyard was surrounded at the level of two upper storeys by arcades, embellished with 21 mascarons. The arcade risalit above the gate is a 17th century addition.
The last owner of the castle of Szafraniec family was Jędrzej, Stanisław's son, who died childless in 1608. After his death the estate was purchased by Maciej Łubnicki and later by the Zebrzydowski family. In 1640 Michał Zebrzydowski built the bastion fortifications with baroque gate and a chapel. The castle changed hands many times over the centuries. In 1903 it was bought by the Pieskowa Skała Society led by Adolf Dygasiński and with time turned over to the Polish state and meticulously restored.


Castle garden




view of the defencive facade


Iconic clock tower


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Arcaded courtyard


Main entrance

http://zamki.res.pl/pieskowa.htm Link to a Polish website has a rather detailed history of the castle, sorry if you don't speak/read polish.

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