The Myslewicki Palace in Warsaw

The Myslewicki Palace in Warsaw

The Myslewicki Palace in Warsaw ©Andrzej Wrotek/Flick

The Myslewicki Palace in Warsaw is a rococo-neoclassical style building located in the Royal Baths Park also known as the Lazienki Park and near the Lazienki Palace. The palace is part of the Lazienki compex and was created for Stanisław August Poniatowski who used the summer residence as well. It was among the first buildings in the park. Since 1980 the Myslewicki Palace in Warsaw is part of the Lazienki Museum.

On the 15th of September in 1958 the palace held the first meeting of the ambassadors from China and the United States, which is considered to be the first attempt to establish contacts between the two countries.

The construction of the Myslewicki Palace in Warsaw

The Myslewicki Palace was built in 1774 and is one of the most interesting buildings from the history of 18th century Polish art. The design of the palace belongs to the early classicism and was done under the guidance of the court architect, Dominic Merlini. In front of the palace you can see a niche that houses the statue of Zephyrus and Flora by Jakub Monaldi and is decorated with a medallion containing the initials of Prince Jozef Poniatowski, the nephew of the king, the owner of the palace in 1779.

The Myslewicki Palace in Warsaw

The Myslewicki Palace in Warsaw ©Andrzej Wrotek/Flick

The inhabitants of the palace

In the 18th century the Myslewicki Palace in Warsaw was inhabited by relatives of the king and and later by Józef Antoni Poniatowski, the nephew of the king. The cartridge above the main entrance was decorated with his initials: JP.

In the 19th century and during the time of the Polish Republicthe the Myslewicki Palace in Warsaw housed the generals of the Russian army located nearby and served as a guest house and opened its doors to eminent guests such as Napoleon I and U.S. President Richard Nixon. In the interwar period the palace was inhabited by high Polish officials.

Former U.S. President Richard Nixon

Former U.S. President Richard Nixon ©Iberia Airlines/Flick

The decorations of the Myslewicki Palace in Warsaw

The facade of the Myslewicki Palace is adorned with the sculptures of Jakub Monaldi representing Zephyr and Flora, while the slightly bending of the the roof refers to Chinese popular models.

Many parts of the original interior furnishings fortunately survived the Second World War, paintings by Jan Bogumił Plersch from 1778 and Gerżabka Antoni, as well as decorations, moldings and carvings. Particularly valuable are the dining room with paintings from Rome and Venice, and the bathroom with a ceiling of Plersch representing Zephyr and Flora.

The city center of Warsaw is at a distance of 2.3 km and the Okecie Airport is at about 7 km.

 

The statue of Józef Antoni Poniatowski

The statue of Józef Antoni Poniatowski ©Guillaume Speurt/Flick

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