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Vienna Victory Against Turks Remembered
September 3, 2008   
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An exhibition entitled Jan III Sobieski and His Comrades in Arms opens at Sobieski's former summer residence at Warsaw's Wilanów Palace Sept. 10 and runs until the end of November. The exhibition is part of nationwide events marking the 325th anniversary of the Polish king's victory against the Turks at the siege of Vienna Sept. 12, 1683.

The exhibition consists of three parts, each having its own historical theme. The first part features Jan III Sobieski memorabilia, while the second focuses on his life and times. We can witness the epoch-making events of 1683 through the paintings and handicrafts of the day. An integral element of the whole exhibition will be a specially designed sound system.

Cracow is hosting a couple of commemorative events too. There will be a reconstruction of the battle scene on Cracow's Błonie common and you can follow in the footsteps of King Jan III Sobieski's triumphal march from Wawel Castle to Cracow's Old Town Marketplace Sept. 14.

The Turks laid siege to Vienna in the middle of July 1683 and the Austrian Emperor appealed to other European monarchs for help. Poland's King Jan III Sobieski responded by marching on Vienna and taking command of a joint army of Polish, German and Austrian forces. The battle took place on Sept. 12, 1683. The strongest attack came from the Polish cavalry. The Turkish army, commanded by Grand Vizier Kara Mustafa was routed. Their defeat at the gates of Vienna ultimately put paid to the Ottoman Empire's plans to conquer Central Europe. Sobieski sent 400 carts filled with spoils to Cracow. Some of these items are still in Wawel Castle.

The Wilanów exhibition is held in the Palace Museum at 10/16 Stanisława Kostki Potockiego St. from Sept. 10 until the end of November.
Sept. 10-14
Mon, Wed, Sat: 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (last entry 5 p.m.)
Tue, Thu, Fri: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (last entry 3 p.m.)
Sun: free entry, individual viewing only
10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (last entry 5 p.m.). Free entry
Sept. 15-Nov. 30
Open every day except Tuesdays

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (last entry 3 p.m.)

Sun: free entry, individual viewing only 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (last entry 3 p.m.). Tickets: zl.16 (regular), zl.12 (concessions). For further details go to www.wilanow-palac.art.pl
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