Described as “one of the most beautiful palaces in Lower Silesia”, the Bożków Palace is surrounded by three hectares of gardens with generous terracing and a garden lodge thought to date from the turn of the 16th and 17th century.
Situated just a stone’s throw from Warsaw’s Royal Castle and Zygmunt Column, the extensive renovation of the now neglected late-baroque residences is hoped to restore more of Warsaw’s cultural heritage, 80 percent of which was wiped out during WWII.
From afar, it looks truly monumental – the kind of place in which you’d expect to find a dragon in the moat and a trapped damsel up a tower. Built using 200,000 bricks and 11,000 tons of sandstone, such was the largesse that it was only beaten for size when the Palace of Versailles was completed.
The unique work entitled 'Chopin in the salon of Prince Antoni Radziwiłł in 1829' by master painter Henryk Siemiradzki went on display on Sunday at Nieborów Palace, near Łódź.
Influenced in its style by France’s Palace of Versailles, historians have called Saski Palace “one of the greatest achievements of 18th century Polish urban planning.” A symbol of Independence, the palace was completely destroyed by occupying Germans during WWII.
The dig at an old orangery in the palace grounds in the village of Minkowskie is being carried out by the Silesian Bridge Foundation which says it has a war diary written by a Waffen SS officer at the end of the war.
Treasure hunters say they have located 10 tonnes of Nazi gold worth nearly half a billion pounds that was stolen by SS chief Heinrich Himmler at the end of WWII in order to establish a Fourth Reich.
Attracting a specific clientele defined not by their wealth or success, but rather their attitude to life, it is a place of openness, creativity and boundless good times.
Passing the abandoned palace in Lower Silesian every day on his way to work, crop farmer Józef Żałobniak eventually decided to buy the place and turn it into a hotel spa saying: “I wanted to save it for other people to enjoy. That was my dream.”
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