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Tracing the History of Mniszech Palace
March 18, 2009 By W.¯.    
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The history of one of the capital's most interesting buildings is documented in a bilingual book called The Mniszech Palace in Warsaw-Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium, recently published by the State Publishing Institute (PIW) in association with the Belgian embassy. The author is well-known historian Prof. Marek Kwiatkowski. Krzysztof Hejke and the Belgian ambassador to Poland Jan Luykx provided the photographs.

The Mniszech Palace was built in the first half of the 18th century. It was converted many times by consecutive owners. Apart from serving as a home to noble families, it also housed theaters, a Polish merchants' guild and even a Masonic lodge.

The palace complex was badly damaged during World War II. Reconstruction work only started in 1959. The palace has housed the Belgian embassy since 1962, serving as the residence of 13 ambassadors. The present ambassador, Jan Luykx, writes in the preface to the album: "We are very proud to be housed in one of the most interesting and elegant buildings in central Warsaw."

The publication's sponsors are Fortis Bank, the Warta Insurance and Reinsurance Company, and the Razem Możemy Więcej (Together We Can Do More) Foundation, set up by Fortis Bank and Warta.

The album is available in the PIW bookstore at 17 Foksal St. in Warsaw.
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