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The Wilanów Palace and Collection

The history of the Wilanow Palace, a wonderful Baroque royal residence, began on April 23, 1677, when a village became the property of King John Sobieski III. At the beginning, the residence built there was small. Augustyn Locci, the king’s court architect, received the task of creating only a ground floor residence of a layout typical for the buildings of the Republic of Poland. However, military successes and an increase of the importance of royalty in the coming years had a huge influence on expanding the initial project. Huge construction works were conducted in the years 1677-1696. After completion, the building comprised of elements of a nobility house, 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, and in 1720, a run down property was purchased by one of the wealthiest women in Poland of those days – Elizabeth Sieniawska. In 1730, the Palace, for three years, was owned by king August II the Strong, who made considerable changes in the residence, particularly as far as the internal décor is concerned.

In the middle of 18th century, the Wilanów property was inherited by the daughter of Czartoryski, wife of a field marshal, Izabela Lubomirska, during whose reign, Wilanów started shining with its previous glory. Sixty nine years later, the Duchess gave Wilanów to her daughter and her husband, Stanislaw Kostka Potocki. Thanks to his efforts, one of the first museums in Poland was opened in the Wilanów Palace, in 1805.

Collections and Garden

Gallery of Polish Portrait – located at the first floor. The exposition includes the portraits of  the Polish monarchs and noble people.

Royal Apartments – you will be able to visit i.e. Crimson Room, The Queen’s Antechamber, The King’s Antechamber, The King’s Bedroom, The King’s Library, The Palace Chapel, Lapidarium (Cabinet of Antiquities) and much more. 
The Wilanów Park – 45 hectares garden comprising of a two-level Baroque garden, a neo-Renaissance rose garden, an English landscape park and an English-Chinese landscape park. The Park has a unique atmosphere thanks to its natural lake and stream and its man-made pond dating back to King Jan III’s days. 
The Park can be entered through a gate from the Palace courtyard which is adorned by beautiful magnolias and roses.