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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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    Wilanow

    by Janina_B. Written Jan 4, 2003

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    Another royal palace and park is at Wilanow, at the end of the Royal Route. Built by King Sobieski (in the mid-1600s) for his beloved queen, Marysienka, as a summer residence. it reigns over a beautiful park and flower gardens.
    It remained popular with subsequent monarchs. Visitors can tour the interior and the gallery, which features portraits of famous Poles. Artistic handicrafts are on display in the Orangerie. Also here is the Muzeum Plakatu w Wilanowie (Poster Museum at Wilanow), the first of its kind in the world.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Wilanow castle

    by sphynxxs Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Beautiful park - the castle was meant to be a 'Polish Versailles'. The Polish kings didn´ t get much opportunity to enjoy it due to the partitions and the loss of national independence in 18th century. There is, however, a gallery of those who were fortunate enough to reign before

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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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