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This late-baroque palace, at present the seat of the Academy of Arts, is a post-war reconstruction of an 18th century residence of the Polish aristocratic families of the Radziwills, the Sieniawskis and the Czapskis, to mention just a few. In the 19th century it became a centre of social and cultural life as its owner General Wincenty Krasinski welcomed writers and artists to his house. His own son, Zygmunt was a celebrated Polish poet. It was also then that the Chopin family rented a flat in one of the wings of the Palace. Reconstructed after the war, one room of that flat is now open to the public (ask the way to Salonik Chopinów).
The Palace was bombed in 1939 and more bombardment during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 left it a complete ruin. Reconstruction lasted until 1959, but the interiors were not given their original look. The statue in front of the main building is a copy of the famous Venetian monument to Colleoni, a gift of the city of Szczecin to Warsaw.
The Palace can be easily overlooked from the side of Krakowskie Przedmiescie. It is best viewed from Traugutta St, where it is bound to attract your eye with its lovely bright colours.
Address: Krakowskie Przedmiescie 5
Directions: Enter the gate right across Krakowskie Przedmiescie from the main university gate.
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