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Facelift for Łazienki Park
March 27, 2014   
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One of Warsaw’s best known and best loved tourist spots, the Łazienki Park, is receiving a facelift in a major renovation project worth around zl.42 million.

The project started with the now complete renovation of the famous Chopin monument and surrounding concert garden. The next phase includes renovation of the facade and the inside of the Palace on the Isle, of the Old Orangery and conservation work on the amphitheater nearby. This is the biggest renovation in years of the palace, the one-time summer residence of the last king of Poland, Stanisław August Poniatowski. Funding comes mostly from the EU Regional Fund. This includes the cost of developing a virtual museum that is expected to be completed in the fall of 2014. It will include a new website and an online gallery of works of art.

So far the terraces of the Palace on the Isle have been reinforced, the roof covering has been replaced and the entire building has been insulated. Electrical wiring has been replaced within the palace and the ventilation and central heating system has been modernized. The amphitheater will be much more comfortable for both actors and the audience. The first outdoor performances are planned there for May.

Additionally, a heating system has been installed in the royal gardens for 11 buildings. Renovations to the interior of the Palace on the Isle will continue with conservation work being carried out on the rest of the facade. Work will also be carried out to conserve sculptures around the palace. This year’s renovations are expected to cost zl.26 million. It is expected that major renovation works will be completed within the next two years.

Future plans also include the creation of a 21st Century Garden together with an underground museum and education and conference center. This will be located between Parkowa Street and the Chinese Alley, some 2.5 ha altogether. It is expected to be built between 2014-2020 with funds from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, European Union funds, as well as some support from the Ministry of the Environment.

The building will in the main be hidden underground so as not to spoil the look of the gardens. The museum will include 1,800 square meters of display space for major temporary exhibitions.

Jolanta Wolska
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