Wilanow Palace & Park - Warsaw
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Wilanow, the stately royal palace at the southern end of Warsaw's Royal Route, has been home to many kings and noble families throughout history. Sometimes referred to as the Polish Versailles, it is a grand sprawling structure, with three long galleries of glistening arched windows framing a wide lawn and sculpted garden. As the palace remained virtually unharmed during the Second World War, the original structure and interior décor remain as a testimony to Poland's magnificent past.
The palace was built for King Jan III Sobieski, one of the greatest leaders in Polish history, and much of what you see today is associated with the golden days of his reign. If you look carefully, you can find details in the exterior structure and interior design glorifying the Sobieski family and the king's military victories. The architectural style is unique - it incorporates the form of traditional Polish manor homes together with Western European art and design.
After the death of the king, the palace changed hands many times, and became the popular summer residence of many great Polish families. Each new owner brought about a new series of renovations, adding to and modernising the palace, making it a comprehensive exhibit of Polish architectural style as well as a rather thorough display of Polish history. The rooms are open for viewing, and while the exquisite design and decoration alone are well worth viewing, the palace is also an art gallery, full of historic paintings.
The grounds were originally styled as a baroque Italian garden, in a semi-circle surrounding the palace. Later on, a geometrically-patterned French garden was laid out, which you can wander through at your leisure or observe from the elegant upper terrace.
Located in a former stable building on the palace grounds, the Poster Museum has the largest collection of poster art in the world. It was the first museum of its kind in the world when it opened in 1968. It contains over 55,000 works of international poster art, including around 30,000 Polish posters dating from 1892-2002.
A visit to the palace, a peek at Poland's great poster collection and peaceful walk through the park makes a perfect day away from the city centre.