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Prince Poniatowski’s Suite in Pod Blach± Palace
June 30, 2011   
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The former suite of Prince Józef Poniatowski on the first floor of the Pod Blach± Palace (2 Zamkowy Sq.) will be opened to the public in July. The opening ceremony, attended by President Bronisław Komorowski, will officially add the palace to the cultural agenda of the Polish presidency of the EU, which begins July 1.

Prince Józef Poniatowski (1763-1813) played a remarkable role in the history of Poland as a Polish general, minister of war, and chief army commander. The newly opened interiors of the Pod Blach± Palace will help visitors find out more about Poniatowski and his times.

Poniatowski received the palace in December 1794 as a gift from his uncle, Polish King Stanisław August Poniatowski, and lived there for 15 years until his death in the Battle of the Nations at Leipzig Oct. 19, 1813. He lived in the palace with his sister Maria Teresa Tyszkiewicz nee Poniatowska and a female companion, Countess Henriette de Vauban, a French expatriate.

Poniatowski occupied the second floor in the palace. His suite consisted of six rooms around a central staircase. His sister lived on the ground floor and Madame de Vauban had a suite in the central garden pavilion.

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the residence of Prince Poniatowski gained a reputation as the top salon of Warsaw. Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte visited the palace at least once and Poniatowski’s friend, Marshal of France Joachim Murat, stayed at the palace for several months.

Thanks to period furnishings used to refurbish the interiors, Poniatowski’s suite now resembles its appearance in the early 19th century, helping visitors to the Pod Blach± Palace imagine what the prince’s private life must have been like.
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