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Photos of Historic Palaces on Display
August 26, 2010   
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The History Meeting House has set up an outdoor photographic exhibition entitled The Story of the Palaces Along the Royal Route on the square at the corner of Karowa and Krakowskie Przedmieście streets in Warsaw.

Photos of the grand old mansions that belonged to aristocratic families such as Belina-Brzozowski, de Bourbon, Branicki, Czetwertyński, Kossakowski, Potocki, Przeździecki, Raczyński, Radziwiłł, Sobański, Tyszkiewicz, Wielopolski, and Zamoyski prior to 1939 are on display.

Most of the buildings were destroyed in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 and those that were rebuilt have little else than their facades that recall their previous incarnations. Communist Poland (1944-1990) had little use for aristocrats—only their residences, which the communist authorities wasted no time in confiscating and transferring to various kinds of public institutions. The photographs on display have recorded the interiors of these mansions, their art collections, portraits of their owners, special moments captured during receptions, weddings and holidays. The aura of prewar artistic Warsaw filters through the brief information about the histories of the houses, and the quotes from memoirs describing life inside these mansions.

The exhibition begins with a prewar map of Warsaw with the palaces clearly marked. You can walk around Warsaw and familiarize yourself with the residences of particular families, starting with the Sobański Palace near Na Rozdrożu Square and finishing up at the Radziwiłł abode on Solidarności Avenue.

Open until Oct. 15
Square at corner of Karowa and Krakowskie Przedmieście Strets
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