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Prince of the Royal Garden, Lazienki Park, Warsaw

The area of today's Royal Łazienki Gardens equals to 76ha. The Gardens are made up of three parts, each one formed in a different time period: The Royal Garden, The Belvedere Garden and The Modernist Garden. They are accompanished by 18th and 19th century palace edifices, garden pavilions, as well as 18th, 19th and 20th century sculptures.
The unique character and history of the park is reflected in its landscape architecture (pavilions, sculptures, bridges, cascades, ponds) and vegetation (domestic and foreign species of trees and bushes). What makes this park different from other green spaces in Warsaw is the presence of peacocks and pheasants, which can be seen here walking around freely, and royal carps in the pond.

The Royal Garden

The oldest part of the garden with relicts that date back to the end of the 17th and the 18th century was built at the place of the former swampy Wild Animals’ Park that belonged to Stanisław Lubomirski. Numerous channels ordered that boggy space. Nearby pavilion on the Isle – Bathhouse which was built by Court Marshal of the Crown, was built first, not large, star shaped garden in Italian style.

An additional decoration of Royal Garden were sculptures, collected by Stanisław August. This collection as “ type of modern outdoors museum” in the open space in the garden took place in the neighbourhood of Palace on the Isle, on terrace in alleys near the Theatre on the Isle and in the garden near Old Orangery. Most of these were preserved and decorate the garden until today, they stand in places fixed three centuries ago for example stone well with lion’s head – la fontaine d`Agricola – placed in 1784 under scarp nearby Old Orangery.

Lazienki Park

Lazienki Park is one of the most beautiful part of Warsaw - one of the most favorite places for walks for Varsovians and tourists. This romantic, landscaped park includes the Palace on the Water, together with various other palaces, pavillons, an amphitheater and two orangeries.

The highlight of Lazienki Park is the Palace on the Water. It is one of the finest examples of Neo-Clasical architecture in Poland. King Stanislaw August Poniatowski converted 17th Century Pavillon into a Palace. In World War II the Nazis wanted to blow up the Palace but because of lack of time - they only set fire to it. Currently the Palace is fully restored. (Source: Warsaw-life & wikipedia)

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