The Lazienki Palace in Warsaw

The interior of the Lazienki Palace

The interior of the Lazienki Palace ©paolotrabattoni.it/Flick

In the Royal Baths Park in Warsaw lies the Lazienki Palace that is also known as the Palace on the Water. It was built in neoclassical style and has been visited by both art and history lovers. Initially the building functioned as a communal bath owned by aristocrat Stanislas Lubormirski, but in the years 1764-1795 it was completely remodeled by architect Domenico Merlini to satisfy the conditions of a summer residence for the last king of Poland, Stanislas August Poniatowski.

In the Second World War the building was used by the Germans who drilled its walls for explosives, but finally the palace wasn’t blown up. Then it served as a barrack until 1960.

 

The Palace on the Water

The Lazienki Palace in Warsaw is known as the “Palace on the Water” because of its location on an artificial island that divides the lake in two, the southern part being the largest. To reach the palace in the park surrounding are two bridges with ionic style columns. The facades are connected by an entablement placed above some giant Corinthian columns which connect the two floors of the building and are bordered by a balustrade that has statues with mythological figures. The monumental north facade is bordered by an outside gallery of columns, while the front is hiding behind some Corinthian columns.

The palace on the water

The palace on the water ©meaduva/Flick

 

The interior of the palace

At the ground floor of the Lazienki Palace is located the Bacchus Room, decorated with blue Dutch sandstone from the 17th century and a painting from the workshop of Jacob Jordaens, which depicts Silenus and Bacchantes. The picture from 1778 called “Bacchus, Ceres, Venus and Cupid” from the ceiling was destroyed by the German forces in 1944.

The interior of the Lazienki Palace

The interior of the Lazienki Palace ©paolotrabattoni.it/Flick

In the center of the Lazienki Palace in Warsaw is the Rotunda designed by Domenico Merlini, decorated with yellow and white marble and is one of the best examples of a neoclassical interior decoration. From here you can reach the Chamber designed for bathing and the Ballroom. On the other side of the Rotunda is a small painting gallery which contains minor works by Rubens and Rembrandt, and a chapel. On the ground floor you can find the Dining room with furniture and paintings in Classical style, and the Solomon Room, which contains a series of paintings depicting the story of Solomon. These were made for King Stanislaw Augustus between the years 1791-1793 by Marcello Bacciarelli and the monarch described himself as a Biblical King.

The first floor of the building is the place of the royal apartments, the king office, the room leading to balcony, royal bedrooms and locker room.

This exquisite royal residence is one of the most beautiful neo-classicism buildings in the whole Central Europe.

The Lazienki Royal Gardens

The Lazienki Royal Gardens ©J_tothe_J/Flick

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