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Built in 1643, this place was a private residence for many years. Its nickname Radziwili or Radziwilos goes back to one of the noble families who owned it in this era. Things did not change until it was chosen as the place to stage the constitutional assembly of the Polish-Lithuanian Empire in 1791. Since then, the building was altered and expanded several times, maintaining its link to governmental institutions. It became the seat of the Polish Viceroy during the Russian Occupation (Congressional Poland) and later the seat of the first Polish President when Poland regained its independence in 1918. Miracolously, it survived the Second World War and the Warsaw Uprising better than most of the city and took over the function as seat of the Council of Ministers after the war. During that time, it became the place where the Warsaw Pact was signed. Later, also the Treaty of Warsaw (Part of Willy Brandt's Ostpolitik) was signed here and the negotiations between Solidarnosc and the Polish Government took place here in the early 1980s. It was not until 1994 when it became the seat of the Polish President again.
The most notable monument is the statue of Prince Jozef Poniatowski. It was once removed from what is now Pilsudski Square and placed here. A disputed plaque commemorates the death of former president Lech Kaczynski in 2010. For some, this plaque is not enough, some others do not wish such a commemoration for Kaczynski at all. Note also the lions in front of the building. They show bullet holes from WWII and the fightings during the Warsaw Uprising. People say that they will roar when they see a really beautiful woman. Fortunately, my friend did not know that legend ? so she didn't became upset when the lions kept quiet...
Address: Krakowskie Przedmiescie 46/48
Phone: +48 22 695 10 70
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