The Wilanow Palace is situated on the southern
outskirts of Warsaw.
Wilanów Palace History
From 1677 to 1696 it was the summer residence of John Sobièski, who
employed Augustyn Locci to design and build a single-storey manor with four projecting corner
It soon proved to be insufficient, and between 1681 and 1683 one
storey was added and two galleries with towers were built.
In 1686–1692 another storey was added to the central part of the
palace, and as a result of the expansion the building acquired the appearance of an Italian
villa, topped by a belvedere on the main axis. Inside this was the largest of the rooms, the
Great Hall. The inside and outside the palace was richly decorated with stuccowork, sculpture
The King’s Anteroom, the Queen’s Anteroom , the Al Fresco Cabinet and
the Mirror Cabinet have the most notable interiors. The subject-matter of the decoration was
derived from mythology and ancient history and designed to glorify the monarch.
From 1720 Wilanów belonged to Elżbieta Sieniawska
(1666–1729), who commissioned Giovanni Spazzio to add lateral wings to the palace.
Wilanów Palace subsequently changed hands a number of
times; it was owned in turn by King Augustus II and by Izabela Lubomirska, née Czartoryska
(1736–1816), in the 18th century and by the Potocki family in the 19th century.
In 1805 the palace was opened to the public, thus forming one of the
first public museums in Poland. Only minor alterations were made to the building, so that the
elevations and interiors have remained largely intact. Since 1945 the palace and park are part
of the National Museum, Warsaw.
Wilanów Palace Visitor information
Wilanów Palace is open for visits all year
round except for the following days: 1st of January, Good Friday, Easter
Saturday and Sunday, Corpus Christi day, 1 November, Winter Holidays between 20
December and 28 January.
What to see:
For more informations about the opening hours, tickets and tours visit
the official website or use this contact details:
Tel: ( +48) 801 011 779 - mon - fri 8.00 - 17.00
Wilanów Palace is located in southern Warsaw, district of Wilanów.
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