"Goluchow Castle" Poznan Off The Beaten Path Tip by xdescendx

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Maybe 100+ km from Poznan, theres a little castle tucked away in a park in a town named Goluchow. The castle dates back to the 16th century and posesses French Renaissance traits. It was originally a defence structure and was built for Rafal Leszczynski around 1650, to be turned into a stately magnate residence by Rafal's son, Waclaw, one of the Republic of Poland - Lithuania's most prominent citizens.

In 1853, the Goluchow was purchased by Tuytus Dzialynski (the owner of Kornik Castle) and then given to his son Jan in 1857. Jan at the time married Izabella Czartoryski, daughter of the leader of the "Hotel Lambert" Society in Exile, Prince Adam Czartoryski.

Izabella brought here architects, sculptors, and painters from France along with craftsmen from Kornik. Izabella was also an ardent collector of art ranging from fine paintings to ancient Greek vases.

WWII played havoc with the museum. A part of the collection was captured by Nazi's and taken to Germany. Many objects were either destroyed or lost. Those that survived and were found by the Soviet army, were transported to the museums of the USSR and then returned to Poland in 1956.

In 1951, it became a section of the National Museum in Poznan.

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  • Written Mar 31, 2009
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