Wilanów Palace, Warsaw
Wilanów Palace (Polish: Pałac w Wilanowie) is a royal palace located in the Wilanów district, Warsaw. Wilanów Palace survived the time of Poland's partitions and both World Wars and has preserved its authentic historical qualities, also is one of the most important monuments of Polish culture.
The palace and park in Wilanów is not only a priceless testimony to the splendour of Poland in the past, but also a place for cultural events and concerts, including Summer Royal Concerts in the Rose Garden and the International Summer Early Music Academy. Since 2006, the palace has been a member of the international association of European Royal Residences.
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.
The exposition consists of two parts: on the first floor, there is the GALLERY OF THE POLISH PORTRAIT, where you can see the effigies of the Polish monarchs collected over the centuries, representatives of great magnate families, participants of national uprisings, eminent artists and people honored by Poland. Their authors are often prominent Polish and foreign painters.
After visiting The Gallery of Polish Portraits, you will be able to see the royal apartments of the palace. Rooms where parties took place, chambers where the royal couples listened to music, met their friends and guests, and where they worked and rested.
The palace was damaged by German forces in World War II, but it was not demolished after the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. After the war, the palace was renovated, and most of the collection stolen by Germany was repatriated. In 1962 it was reopened to the public. (Source: Wilanów Palace & wikipedia)
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timecapturer (46547) 2011-11-25 1:30
a beautifully framed composition with such perfectly managed light. Your usual flawless sharpness and effective presentation. Another captivating image of this great city.
Have a great weekend - regards Brian.
siudzi (32829) 2011-11-25 2:54
You have seen so many places in my city. That's great! Love this one captured in Wilanów. Excellent view on the palace and walking people there. Beautiful work. TFS.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2011-11-25 3:33
The foreground in the shade is of use as case to the bright and clear frontage. A beautiful photo where gets involved architecture, nature and human presence. Excellent quality. Bravo.
Have a nice day.
snunney (80731) 2011-11-25 3:46
The overhanging trees make an attractive natural frame for the palace.; whilst the visitors contribute to the mood of the image. Good use of the vertical frame complemented by pleasant natural tones and very good sharpness.
JFS (32459) 2011-11-25 4:19
Elegant Palace and elegant shot. I like the play of shadows and lights, the crop is really good. Thanks for your interesting note.
Sergiom (56635) 2011-11-25 5:51
J'aime beaucoup le cadrage utilisant les arbres comme cadre au niveau supérieur de la photo. J'aime aussi la petite famille qui nous donne une belle relation dimensionnelle avec ce magnifique palace.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2011-11-25 6:49
Truly an attractive palace with beautiful colors and sharpness.The tree branches at the top form a very nice framing.The people walking create a very nice atmosphere.
holmertz (38697) 2011-11-25 7:46
A very elegant building nicely framed by the trees. The cloudy sky makes a perfect contrast to the yellow colour of the building. And it's amazing what the inclusion of a few people can do to a composition.
jjcordier (74564) 2011-11-25 7:55
Beau cadre naturel pour ce magnifique palais coloré.
vasilpro (40881) 2011-11-25 8:05
Wonderful composition, beautiful palace with interesting architecture, excellent POV and framing with the leaves, lovely light and colors, very good clarity and sharpness, very nice framework, TfS!
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
dkmurphys (47690) 2011-11-25 9:30
A good mood atmosphere in that beautiful day in that amazing park. Great colors, well catch.
Enjoy a fine weekend.
Gerrit (45886) 2011-11-25 10:06
excellent view on the beautiful palace. Great compo with the family walking on the cobbles, the grassfield and the wonderful tree.
Silvio1953 (118330) 2011-11-25 12:18
Ciao George, lovely composition with beautiful palace wellframed by leaves and nice wqalking people, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
bema (26289) 2011-11-25 12:25
anice framing for this clasical composition and beautiful architectural capture!
thanks for sharing, see you around, cheers Bernd
francio64 (38276) 2011-11-25 13:46
poca luce, ma molto ben gestita, con una bella resa cromatica su tutti i piani.
Ottimo taglio verticale e scena ben movimentata dalla presenza delle poche persone presenti.
siamesa (27733) 2011-11-25 15:53
Boa noite George
This palace has a marvelous architectural lines.
Excellent point of v iew.The people walking there gives a peaceful mood to this composition.
npecanhuk (62564) 2011-11-25 16:45
Very beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, black & white borders, contrasts and, above all, vertical format and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Have a great week-end,
Graal (96014) 2011-11-25 23:44
Jó napot George,
nice presentation of palace in Wilanow. Good vertical composition. Pleasant summer mood here. Photo well done.
Have a nice day.
vrabieionut (2189) 2011-11-25 23:50
A wonderful shot....Nice composition, good natural colours, beautiful view from the park at the palace.
Have a nice weekend,
bukitgolfb301 (34932) 2011-11-26 1:08
Hi my dear George
Sorry for my dull reaction weekday as usual, but I still enjoy your garalley very much.
So perfect frameworked shot by using the branches wisely. Vertical format is quite suietable with this situation. Sharp and tasteful color touch is marvelous as usual. Thanks for sharing with your finest work and have a good Saturday,
Takero from early winter Tokyo.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-07-26
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Nature, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/9.5, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Symbol of rebirth - The amazing Warsaw, Wilanów Palace [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-11-25 1:06