Wilanow, Warsaw

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    The Palace Gardens at Wilanow

    by evaanna Updated Nov 13, 2012

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    After a tour of the Palace, take a walk around the charming Palace gardens descending in terraces down to the lake. See the garden sculptures, the Chinese pagoda, the 'Roman' bridge, and, in summer, enjoy the views from the gondola. The new layout of the gardens has now been completed and is just superb with the plants arranged so as to form royal symbols. If you are lucky to visit here in late April, you can admire the magnolias in front of the Palace in blossom just then.
    But don't walk too far - the view from the end of the path is really shocking after the idyllic park scenery: the tall chimneys of Siekierki - the Warsaw electric power station.
    The Park is a venue of the Summer Royal Concerts in the Rose Garden and the International Summer Academy of Ancient Music.
    Opening hours: from 9.30 till dusk.
    Admission free on Thursdays.

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    Palace and Park of Wilanow

    by zaffaran Updated Oct 6, 2012

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    You can have a nice stroll in the park admiring views and monuments, you can also visit the palace with its furnuture and works of art. It can be a nice day.
    Admittance is free of charge on Sundays, but remember to get there in advance as the number of visitors is limited. (We got there at 10.30 and could enter the palace at 1.00 pm )

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    Gardens of Wilanow Palace

    by alancollins Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The palace at Wilanow is often referred to as the 'Polish Versailles'. If you go first thing in the morning why join the queue of students & visitors only to follow them around the palace. Instead go into the 45 hectares of gardens. You will can wander around, with no one in sight. The palace website gives useful information about times of opening, ticket prices & details of buses.

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    Wilanow

    by Dabs Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I don't actually remember visiting Wilanow on our trip in 2003 but I had a photo here on VT so it appears that I must have! The palace was built at the end of the 17th century to be used at the city residence for Jan Sobieski III, it was damaged in WWII but was restored in the 1960s. This time we visited the interior as well as having a gander at the outside, you can buy a ticket for the Palace (20zl) at a building on the way from the bus stop, not at the Palace itself. A separate ticket is required for the park but as it appeared to be torn up for the most part we passed on paying the additional 5zl. One of my guide books listed the park as one of the highlights, perhaps a bit later in the season or after the construction works are done it will be again.

    Once we got to the entrance it appeared that there were set times for entrance but we followed a few other people and they let us in where we slipped stylish blue baggies on our feet, we weren't on a guided tour so we danced around the groups chattering in German and self toured, ocassionally listening to a guide speaking in English describe the more opulent rooms. The 1st part of the palace is set up as a museum in undecorated rooms and currently there are only a handful of decorated rooms you can visit as the interior is also under construction. The most impressive of the rooms is the Grand Crimson Room with muscley men bulging out of the ceiling. While In Your Pocket's use of "astonishing" and "jaw dropping" are perhaps a bit overstated, it's certainly worth the bus trip out here if you've got more than a couple of days in Warsaw.

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    Wilanow palace

    by Raimix Updated Mar 29, 2011

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    The construction of palace started in baroque times – 1676 in order of King Jan III Sobieski. Place is called as one of the most beautiful examples of Polish baroque and also “Versailles of Poland”.

    During Second World War it was damaged, but fully renovated till 1962. One of owners of palace Stanislaw Potocki created here an art museum (1805) that is known as earliest created museum in Poland.

    There is a park near palace, but as it was March, it was under heavy renovation and not opened to public.

    The palace is looking great, and I would like to revisit this place someday in sunny and hot time.

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    Mausoleum of Stanislaw and Alexandra Potocki

    by Raimix Updated Mar 29, 2011

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    The separate mausoleum, standing in park of Wilanow, is example of neo – gothic style and was designed by Henryk Marconi in 1823 – 1826.

    Potocki were former owners of Wilanow palace. Other owners were buried in nearby St. Anne’s church.

    It was quite strange to see mausoleum as a separate object in a park between Wilonow church and palace.

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    Wilanow St. Anne church

    by Raimix Updated Mar 29, 2011

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    Church was constructed in 18th century; it is a burial place of former Wilanow palace owners.

    There is a Cavalry stations around church, added in 19th century. Place was devastated during Second World War.

    If you take a bus from central part, church is on opposite side of street and if you turn right from church here is Wilanow palace.

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    The Park

    by Aitana Updated Feb 1, 2009

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    The King Jan III inspected the gardens in person, planted trees and enjoyed their beauty spending long hours in his horticultural retreat.
    The Wilanów Park comprises gardens in a number of styles: a two-level Baroque garden, a neo-Renaissance rose garden, an English landscape park and an English-Chinese landscape park.
    Water is an important element of the overall park design in Wilanów. The natural lake and stream were perfect for a Baroque garden.
    Among the trees grown in the Park, there are mostly local species such as lime trees (Tilia cordata), maples (Acer platanoides), ironwood (Carpinus betulus), elms ( Ulmus laevis), white poplars (Populus alba), Lombardy poplars (Populus nigra), pedunculate oaks (Quercus robur), and northern red oaks (Quercus rubra). There are also exotic tree species such as gingko (Ginkgo biloba), southern catalpas (Catalpa bignonioides), katsura trees (Cercidiphyllum japonicum), tulip trees (Liriodendron tulipifera), planes (Platanus acerifolia) and honey locust trees (Gleditsia triacanthos). There are 28 specimens officially listed in the register of natural heritage.
    In spring, the courtyard is adorned by blossoming magnolias (Magnolia x soulangeana). The courtyard and the Park are separated by a pergola with a Roman gate with the Horace’s line “Ducere soliciatae quam iucunda oblivia vitae”. The pergola is overgrown with climbing vines (Vitis coignetiae) and Dutchman’s pipe (Aristolochia durior).
    A delightful spot known as the Grove of Academos. The entrance to the Grove is flanked by statues of two Polish poets, Jan Kochanowski and Franciszek Karpiñski.
    At the north wing of the Palace there are flower parterres where seasonal plants are arranged to form spectacular multi-coloured flower carpets.

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    Wilanow Palace

    by Aitana Written Feb 1, 2009

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    Wilanów Palace was the former royal residence of King Jan III Sobieski. It was built in the 17th century in baroque style. A park of 43 hectares surrounds the palace.
    The Palace in Wilanow is one of the few places of interest in Warsaw which remained intact after the WWII. In 1677 a village became the property of King John Sobieski III. He ordered to the court architect the construction of a ground floor residence of a layout typical for the buildings of the republic of Poland. Initially the palace was named Villa Nova (New Village), to distinguish it from the nearby village of Stara Wies (Old Village). As the importance of the royalty increased, the initial project was expanded and the palace was completed by 1696. The complex comprised an Italian garden villa and a French palace in the style of Louis XIV.
    After the death of the King, the Palace became the property of his sons. Later it belonged to several owners. One of the first museums in Poland was opened in the Wilanów Palace, in 1805.
    On the first floor, there is the Gallery of the Polish Portrait. Also the royal apartments of the palace can be visited.

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    Wilanow- another royal palace

    by uglyscot Updated Nov 24, 2008

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    We went to Wilanow with Ewa [evaanna] and her husband. It lies about 10km to the south of Warsaw. The palace belonged to Jan III Sobieski. We didn't have to pay to get into the grounds as there is a lot of archaeological excavation going on throughout the area.
    The palace itself is very ornate with many statues and carvings on the exterior. In the garden are landscaped flower beds, a hedge hiding a group of statues, an exhibition in the old orangery, and a walk down to the river. Many areas were roped off and paths blocked because of the digging.
    It's a nice place to spend some time- or have wedding photos taken.
    The palace is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 9.39 am - 4.30 pm
    On Sunday from 10.30 am - 4.30 pm. Saturdays are free.

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    Wilanow Palace

    by evaanna Updated May 21, 2008

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    The Royal Palace of Wilanow is one of the few Polish residences to have survived the partitions of Poland and the many wars in which the country suffered irreparable losses.
    Founded over three hundred years ago by King Jan III Sobieski, who saved Europe from the Turks at Vienna (1683), it was designed by Augustyn Locci, the king's architect, who combined in his design the elements of the old Polish manor house style with that of the Italian baroque villa. Its murals and painted or stuccoed ceilings, its sculptures adorning the facades bespoke the King's glory. Jan III Sobieski filled the palace with his invaluable collections of Dutch, French and Italian works of art and handicraft but those are not there any more.
    After the King's death in 1696 the palace was inherited by his sons and, even later, owned by the Polish aristocratic families of the Sieniawskis, the Czartoryskis and the Lubomirskis, all of whom contributed some alterations to the interiors. In 1799, Stanislaw Kostka Potocki, an outstanding figure of the Polish Enlightenment, set up a museum in memory of Jan III Sobieski and also created an art gallery in the Palace. He collected paintings by Polish and foreign artists, antique statues and works of art and Chinese and Japanese art. His family continued to expand the museum collections throughout the 19th century. The last private owners of the Palace were the Branicki family.
    Although plundered by the Nazis, the Palace of Wilanow was one of the few residences remaining in Warsaw after the war.
    Taken over by the state and completely restored, it is now a branch of the National Museum in Warsaw. The second floor of the Palace now houses a gallery of the 16th-19th century Polish portrait painting.
    Opening hours:
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    daily, except Tuesdays - 9.30-16
    15 June-15 Sept. - Wed. - 9.30-18
    Sun. - 9.30-19
    Last admission -17.30
    Groups: number of tickets limited, book in advance.

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    Wilanow Palace

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Jan 9, 2008

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    Wilanow Palace

    This grand palace in the southeast of Warsaw was built in the 17th century for King Jan Sobieski, who led the allied Polish-German-Austrian forces to victory against the Turks at Vienna 1683. This beautiful two-winged building is richly decorated with sculptures and frescoes. The Palace Interior and the gardens can be visited, and there is also a collection of polish paintings.

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    Visit the GARDENS OF WILANOW

    by Pawtuxet Updated Aug 28, 2006

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    Royal Gardens of Wilanow, 9 am - dusk, Thursday = FREE ENTRANCE
    The gardens surrounding the royal residence are n the baroque style decorated with statues of antique gods made in the 18th century. Italian, French, Englisha nd Chinese style horticulture is represented. There is a lower terrace which has high hedges creating picturesque lanes leading to the Wilanow Lake.
    DON'T MISS THE POSTER MUSEUM ON THE GARDEN GROUNDS
    Open from 10 - 4 Closed on Monday.
    We enjoyed a smaller exhibit in a wonderful Greek Revival building in the gardens. Poles are known for their wonderful posters...especially around the war years. This was a great exhibit space. Long and spacious...plenty of display area.

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    Always another wonderful CASTLE ~ WILANOW

    by Pawtuxet Updated Aug 28, 2006

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    Wilanow was originally built by king Jan III of the Sabieski Family in 1677-1680 as his royal residence. It was modelled in an Italian influence, hence it's original name, VILLA NOVA...or the Polish, Wilanow. (pronounced VEE-LA'-NUV) Augustyn Locci was the king's architect for the palace design. It is said that Jan was the king who broke the Turkish siege of Vienna in 1683 and saved Europe from Islam. Some personal items belonging to the king and his beloved Marysieska can be found within the castle.
    Extensive work is taking place at the exterior of the palace, but the imperfect appearance serves as an interesting study in restoration.
    Please visit my Travelogue to view the GARDENS

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    Owner history of WILANOW, WARSZAWA

    by RodeOrm Written Jul 23, 2005

    To each and one visiting WILANOW. Before the WW II this was a private owned Palace. The Polish State has kept it for its representation purposes after the war. The owner - a old Lady - and her family is fighting to get it back from the Polish State. She is, or was living in Stockholm Sweden, and this fight has been described in an article in Dagens Nyheter, the largest daily newspaper in Sweden.
    So when visiting kindly keep in mind that it is a privet home you are visiting, that has not been returned to the lawful owners by a Democratic State.

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