Photographer's Note

The Egyptian Temple, Lazienki Park, Warsaw

The Egyptian Temple, an exotic pavilion from 1822, was a building with elements taken from ancient Egypt architecture with lotus columns and four lions between them gushing with water and with room for fig farming. On one part of the roof there is an alley leading into the park. The pavilion is decorated with obelisk. The channel running from pavilion towards Belvedere Pond is overgrown at both sides with waterside vegetation : azaleas ( rhododendron), azaleas, willows, alders, ferns which produces a special atmosphere in this place. Winding, irregular paths and alleys are portraying an area overgrown with common in the 19th century poplars and oaks. Very often we can meet here inter alia :beech, horse – chestnut, plane trees, pines, lilacs and jasmine. The boundary with the Royal Garden builds the Chinese Alley. There was a garden farm on the borderline of theBelvedere Garden from the south in the second half of the 19th century. The New Orangery was built in 1870 according to project of Józef Orłowski and Adam Adolf Loeve in the neighbourhood of garden farm and near The Chinese Alley. There was an plan to place during the winter period the collection of orange trees bought from Nieborów in this Orangery and also to put there the collection of exotic plants.

Lazienki Park

The area of today's Royal Łazienki Gardens equals to 76ha. The Gardens are made up of three parts, each one formed in a different time period: The Royal Garden, The Belvedere Garden and The Modernist Garden. They are accompanished by 18th and 19th century palace edifices, garden pavilions, as well as 18th, 19th and 20th century sculptures.

This part of the garden belongs to examples of landscape style which dominated almost whole Europe. It was formed as a new space arrangement and was a dominant in the form of Belvedere.

Lazienki Park is one of the most beautiful part of Warsaw - one of the most favorite places for walks for Varsovians and tourists. This romantic, landscaped park includes the Palace on the Water, together with various other palaces, pavillons, an amphitheater and two orangeries.

The highlight of Lazienki Park is the Palace on the Water. It is one of the finest examples of Neo-Clasical architecture in Poland. King Stanislaw August Poniatowski converted 17th Century Pavillon into a Palace. In World War II the Nazis wanted to blow up the Palace but because of lack of time - they only set fire to it. Currently the Palace is fully restored. (Source: Warsaw-life & wikipedia)

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