Kozlowka Palace

 

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The Kozlowka Palace is one of the best preserved aristocratic residences in Poland and for this reason has been placed on the top of the seven polish wonders. The numerous visitors are attracted here by an unique scenery and valuable historic, patriotic and artistic values.


The palace was built in the years 1735 - 1742 by Michał Bielinski, Palatine of Chelm who was married to Aurora Rutkowski, an illegitimate daughter of the polish king and Turkish lady Fatima. The palace was designed in the Baroque style by Giuseppe Fontana. At the end of the 18th century the palace passed to the Zamoyski Family, whose descendants were the great collectors of paintings and other works of art. Its interiors are maintained in the style of the Second Empire with its Neo-Rococo stuccowork, ceramic stoves, huge chandeliers and curtains. In one of the rooms there is an oak parquet floor with a specific dark color obtained by the soaking of the wood in the water for up to one hundred years. The Palace Chapel modelled on the Royal Chapel at Versailles was designed by a famous Jan Heurich, the pioneer of the modern architecture in Poland. The chapel contains a replica of the tombstone of Zofia Zamoyska in Santa Croce in Florence. Nowadays the palace houses a museum of the Poland's finest collection of the well-preserved 19th-century everyday objects and around 1 000 paintings which almost completely cover the walls. In the palace annex you can see a unique gallery of the Socialist Realist art and the specific complement to the gallery: the dismantled monuments to the communist leaders President Boleslaw Bierut, Vladimir Lenin and Julian Marchlewski moved here from other polish towns after changes in 1989.





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