Wilanow, Warsaw

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    Palace and gardens, beauty within a beauty

    by adin Updated Jun 7, 2005

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    The gardens in Wilanow

    Although it was built on the site of an old place named 'Vila Nova' (name given by the Italian architect ) hence the name 'Wilanow', years before his time the palace was mainly extended by King Jan Sobieski III, who made it his main place of residence because of his wife, Maria, known as "Marysienka".
    The gardens were laid out and planted for her to remind her the gardens of Versailles in France.
    After all, she was French and he was head over heels in love with her in spite of all her flirting around...

    When there, don't go to the fancy restaurant inside. You have a very reasonably priced cafe at the entrance where you could get full lunch and pay much, very much less.

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    Wilanow - Tomb of Stanislaw Kostka Potocki

    by AcornMan Written Sep 12, 2004

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    Just outside the main entrance to Wilanow Palace is the sizeable Tomb of Stanislaw Kostka Potocki. As you might have guessed, this is the final resting place of Stanislaw Kostka Potocki, the originator of the Wilanow museum and Minister of Religious Professions and Public Enlightenment who contributed to the development of many research and cultural institutions, including the University of Warsaw.

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    Wilanow Palace

    by AcornMan Updated Sep 12, 2004

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    Wilanow

    On the far southern edge of the Warsaw city limits is Wilanow, the summer residence for Jan III Sobieski, the Polish King remembered best for leading a cavalry charge that broke the Ottoman siege of Vienna in 1683. Sobieski acquired the land for his palace in 1677 and set about building a lavash palace for his French wife modeled after Versailles.

    Unfortunately the museum inside the palace was closed for renovations during my visit, so I had to be content with walking around the palace grounds and seeing it from the outside.

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    Wilanow Palace

    by mvtouring Written May 4, 2004

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    What a lovely place to visit and the ushers or whatever you call them were so friendly and helpful. More about the palace ......A baroque gateway and false moat lead to the wide courtyard that stretches along the front of Wilan?w Palace, built between 1681 and 1696 by King Jan III Sobieski. After his death, the palace passed through various hands before it was bought at the end of the 18th century by Stanislaw Kostka Potocki, who amassed a major art collection, laid out the gardens, and opened the first public museum here in 1805. Potocki's neo-Gothic tomb can be seen to the left of the driveway as you approach the palace. The palace interiors still hold much of the original furniture; there's also a striking display of 16th- to 18th-century Polish portraits on the first floor. English-speaking guides are available.

    Outside of the Palac Wilan?w, to the left of the main entrance, is a romantic park with pagodas, summerhouses, and bridges overlooking a lake. Behind the palace is a formal Italian garden from which you can admire the magnificent gilt decoration on the palace walls. There's also a gallery of contemporary Polish art on the grounds. Stables to the right of the entrance now house a poster gallery, the Muzeum Plakatu. The latter is well worth visiting, for this is a branch of art in which Poles have historically excelled. www.wilanow-palac.art.pl. COST: Palace zl 15; park zl 3, free Thurs. Palace Tues.-Sun. 9:30-2:30, Sun. until 6 PM mid-June-mid-Sept.; park daily 9-dusk.

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    The Gardens at the Wilanow Palace

    by PolishChick Updated Apr 30, 2004

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    The gardens

    The entrance to the gardens is in the left corner of the courtyard. These are splendid gardens which have matured and been restyled over several centuries. They give visitors an opportunity to appreciate many different forms of horticulture, and to compare them in one location. The Baroque garden in the French - Italian style is situated centrally. The English - Chinese Romantic garden covers the area to the south of the Palace and the English park is in the north. A pathway runs between a small lake and perfectly ranked trees. Sculptures, monuments, garden pavilions, neatly laid out flowerbeds and walkways make it an idyllic and peaceful place for all visitors.

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    The Wilanow Palace

    by PolishChick Updated Apr 30, 2004

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    Me and two of My Mexican friends at the castle

    The Wilanow Palace is amazingly pretty. It was built for Jan III Sobieski, the Polish king famous for saving Poland and Vienna from the Turks in XVI cantury. In the castle you will find beautiful rooms and lots of trophys the king brought back to Poland from the war- so you will see Polish art as well as the Turkish! The picture was taken from the front of the castle, but the more beautiful view you get while walking in the pretty gardens in the back- there are fountines, little pounds, benches, paths and pretty trees, plants and flowers there. You can take tour both of the Palace and the garden- you will love it so much!

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    The Wilanow Palace- the tours!

    by PolishChick Updated Apr 30, 2004

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    The Wilanow Palace from the back

    This is the palace from the backside- the side of the garden. It looks totally beautiful and really old, as you are walking through the king`s gardens you really don`t feel that you live in the XXI century!

    You can tour both the gardens and the palace. Here`s some info on the tours:

    Palace tours: In groups with a Polish guide admission 18 zl. Reduced 9 zl. Guided tours in - ENGL, FRA, GER, RUS, ESP - up to 5 pers 120 zl person group, from 6 to 35 pers 24 zl per person. TIP! The token attached to your ticket indicates your allotted time of entry into the Palace so if you are late you might not get in with another group!

    The Gardens: Admission with no guide. 4 zl. Reduced 2,5 zl. Free entry on Thursday.

    After the Palace and its garden you could visit the Poster Museum which is situated at the right side of the entrance gate (Open 10.00. - 16.00. Closed on Mondays) and the Neo-Baroque church of St. Ann (to the left of the Palace). It`s really pretty inside- my cousin`s wedding was there and she has some pretty amazing pictures! :)

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    Wilan?w, the old summer palace of the Polish kings

    by bscott1 Written Feb 1, 2004

    Well outside the city centre, you can reach Wilan?w by bus, and the trip is well worth it.

    The palace itself was built in the 17th century, and one can stroll on the grounds surrounding the palace. It has been called the Versailles of Poland, perhaps deservedly so.

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    Wilanow

    by wojsyl Updated Dec 6, 2003

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    Wilanow

    Wilanow palace in Warsaw. It's from 17th century, a summer residence of king Jan III Sobieski.

    An interesting museum inside, a nice park with a large pond behind it.

    Tip: hire a guide if you're visiting the museum. It's more fun.

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    Polish Versailles

    by Tanechka Updated Oct 3, 2003

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    Polish Versailles is the second name of Wilanov. This great complex was founded by King Jan III Sobessky – winner over Turks in war near Vienn. Later baroque palace belonged to famous families, that were playing an importnt part in the history of the country.

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    Wilanow

    by ania70pl Updated Sep 16, 2003

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    This palace was the summer residence of the King Jan III Sobieski. Its primary construction was based on Italian village and its first name "Villa Nova" origins present name of Wilanow. After death of Jan III Sobieski, the palace became a residence for many famous Polish aristocratic families and was rebuilt and reconstructed many times. After the Second World War it was carefully renovated and become a museum. On the palace walls you can see portraits that present a majestic picture of the monarch. The residence is surrounded by a vast park. A magnificent collection of posters can be admired in the Poster Museum.

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    Wilanow Palace...

    by coceng Updated May 11, 2003

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    Originally a summer residence of the Polish King Jan III Sobieski, the Wilanow Palace (Palac Wilanow) is one of the most beautiful examples of Baroque architecture in Poland. The museum houses exhibits on Sobieski and his famous wife Marysienka, as well on the later owners of the estate, the Lubomirski, Potocki and Branicki families. The palace is surrounded by a meticulously landscaped park.

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    The Wilanow Palace

    by dezydera Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The great attraction of the Royal Tract, as well as of the whole capital, is the palace-park complex in Wilanów. This palace was the summer residence of the King Jan III Sobieski. Its primary construction was based on Italian village and its first name 'Villa Nova' origins present name of Wilanów. This residence was raised according to a design by Augustyn Locci in the years 1677 - 1696. After death of Jan III Sobieski, the palace became a residence for many famous Polish aristocratic families and was rebuilt and reconstructed many times. After the Second World Wars it was carefully renovated and become a museum. On the palace walls we can see portraits that present a majestic picture of the monarch. The residence is surrounded by a vast park. A magnificent collection of posters can be admired in the Poster Museum.

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    visit Palac Wilanowski (the...

    by Tolik Written Aug 25, 2002

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    visit Palac Wilanowski (the Wilanow Palace). This Baroque palace was built between 1681 and 1696 by King Jan III Sobieski. At the end of the 18th century, Stanislaw Potocki, who amassed a major art collection, laid out the gardens, and opened the first public museum here in 1805.

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    Wilanow: It was a residence of...

    by radzio Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Wilanow: It was a residence of Jan Sobieski III- one of the most famous polish kings, who's defeted the Turks in Vienna in 1863 and set a large part of Europe free from the Turkish occupancy. You can enter the palace to see the apartments, also go and walk around the gardens- they are really beautiful...

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