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ROYAL BATHS PARK/LAZIENKI KRÓLEWSKIE

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ROYAL BATHS PARK/LAZIENKI KRÓLEWSKIE

Łazienki Królewskie (Royal Baths Park) is a thermal springs complex comprising a 76-hectare garden and a number of architectural/historical objects. Created in the 18th century from an already existing forest, the garden became one of the most beautiful territories in Warsaw and the whole of Europe. Today it is the favourite walking spot in the city, the site of various museums and venue for culture, science and entertainment events. On Saturdays and Sundays, free piano concerts have been held at the foot of the monument to Frederic Chopin for 50 years. The most significant objects of the complex are the Palace on the Water (Pałac na Wodzie), a gem of Polish architecture and one of the symbols of Warsaw, built as the residence of King Stanisław August Poniatowski, the last ruler of Poland; the Myślewicki Palace, one of the few extant examples of early classicism that owes its name to the nearby village of Myślewice; the Little White House (Biały Domek), that, built around 1774, is a unique memorial to the times of King Stanisław: it was only partly destroyed during World War II. The unique interior still retains the historical gigantic paintings in the dining room, the original Chinese wallpaper in the living room, the King's bed in the bedroom, as well as a study with paintings by Jan Bogumił Plersch. The Old Orangery still houses one of the very few authentic court theatres left in Europe. Podchorążówką used to house the kitchen and household wing during the times of King Stanisław; today it is home to the Museum of Polish Immigration. The premises also boast a late-1700s Amphitheatre. The park is also the location of a number of small pavilions: the Hermitage (currently an art gallery); the Temple of Diana; Egyptian Temple (currently housing the Museum of Intelligence); the Water Tower or Wodozbiór, built as a replica of the Caecilia Metella's mausoleum in Via Appia, Rome (currently an art gallery); the New Orangery (currently - a winter garden and the Belweder Restaurant); Stara Kordegarda (currently housing the Artists' Union) and Cantonist Barracks (currently - the Museum of Hunting and Horsemanship).

1 Ul. Agrykoli
www.lazienki-krolewskie.pl

Posted February, 2010

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