Photographer's Note

View of Branicki Palace from the garden.

The Palace was built for Count Jan Klemens Branicki, Great Crown Hetman and patron of art and science.
The original wooden manor of the Raczkowski family that occupied the site was transformed in the 16th century into a brick two-story castle for Piotr Wesolowski the Younger. The architect was Hiob Bretfus, who constructed the a gothic-renaissance structure. Shortly after the property was inherited by Stefan Mikolaj Branicki he commissioned the transformation of the castle into a baroque mansion. The structure was thoroughly reconstructed between 1691-1697. Further expansion of the palace was conducted by Jan Klemens Branicki and his wife Izabella Poniatowska.
The newly created "Versailles de la Pologne" concentrated many great artists, poets and scientists. Among notable guests were King Augustus II the Strong, future Tsar Paul I of Russia, King Louis XVIII of France.
With the first Partition of Poland it went to the Prussian Kingdom and after 1807 to Russia. Branicki Palace suffered from bombing and fires caused by the Germans with damage totaling approximately 70%. It was restored after World War II as a matter of national pride. The Medical University is housed in the Palace.

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