"Royal Lazienki Park - Palace Complex" Lazienki Park and Chopin's Monument Tip by ZiOOlek

One of the Europe's finest complexes laid out in the 17th century by St.Lubomirski. Its current shape is the result of the efforts of King Stanisław August Poniatowski (1732-1798), owner of the Łazienki since 1764. During almost 30 years, on the area of about 80 hectares, the summer residence of the monarch was built, the park designed and several buildings raised. During this period (1772-1793), Dominik Merlini remodeled the old bathing pavilion from the 17th century, and built the Palace on the Island, a splendid Neo-Classic palace to Tylman of Gameren design. The interiors of the Palace are decorated with historical furniture and works of art. On the first floor, visitors can admire the Room of Bacchus, the Bathroom, the Ballroom, the Cabinet of Portraits, the Room of Solomon, the Rotunda with statues of reigning monarchs, the Painting Gallery, the Chapel and the Dining Room, memorable for the `Thursday lunches` organized by the King. On the second floor, there are King's Apartments: a small gallery of paintings, a room with a balcony, a cabinet, a sleeping room, a dressing room and an officers' room.

During Stanisław August reign, the Amphitheatre, work of Jan Chrystian Kamstezer from 1790-1793, was built. Also: the Large Orangery with the theatre of the royal court, the White Cottage and the Myślewicki Palace, interiors of which can be visited. The park surrounding the complex of palaces was laid out in 1774-1784. It joins together the elements of a regular French park with the characteristics of an English garden. Other historical buildings in the Royal Łazienki are worth seeing: the Reservoir, the New Guardhouse, the Old Guardhouse, the Hermitage, the Egyptian Temple, the Temple of Diana and the New Orangery. Now, all these historical buildings, housing many works of art, are museums. In the area of the Łazienki, there are also the Museum of the Polish Emigration and the Museum of Hunting and Horsemanship.

Address: Agrykola 1
Directions: Royal Lazienki
Website: http://chopin.museum/en/information/visitors/id/222

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  • Updated May 24, 2006
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