The Bishops' Palace in Kielce, which was built as a home for wealthy Kraków bishops, was constructed in the early 17th century, a time when Poland had reached its largest geographical size and had recently occupied Moscow.
A place of quaint, quiet side streets and random little wonders, Webber falls in love with the copious charms of Krosno.
In this episode, John Beauchamp speaks to Dr Łukasz Krzywka, a veteran of forty years at Wrocław University’s Institute of Art History, on the restoration of the Aula Leopoldyńska, known as the Leopoldina, a pearl of 18th century baroque art and architecture.
Officially reopened to the public last week to coincide with the arrival of Spring, the restoration was seen as one of the most complex conservation challenges undertaken in Poland this millennium.
Contained inside, researchers unearthed 285 objects including 194 coins, 21 crosses and medals, 11 buttons, three rings, two coffin handles, 23 ceramic fragments, eight glass fragments, and a piece of a window.
Though lacking in overt attractions like a ‘Visit Me Old Town’, it’s got enough pleasures and treasures to make it quite special. In fact, I’ve actually started calling it The Special K.
Once cited as one of the city’s finest and earliest examples of Neo-Classical architecture, the war-ravaged ruins of Wrocław’s Hatzfeld Palace have been placed on the market.
Long harbouring associations with the country’s most prominent powerbrokers, the Brühl was originally known as the Sandomierski Palace and was completed in 1640 to act as the Warsaw base of Jerzy Ossoliński.
Buried in the deepest south-easterly recess of Poland, Przemyśl’s geography has determined that it goes largely unnoticed: not just by foreigners but also by Poles themselves. And that means the city can feel like your own private fiefdom.
Nestled against the Lithuanian border, Suwalszczyzna (for the sake of simplicity, let’s refer to it from now on as the Suwałki region), is more than a complex mass of randomized letters.