Łazienki Park

Photo by  Orlowski
    Łazienki, the Water Palace, is a park and palace complex that adjoins the Botanical Gardens of the University of Warsaw. The Palace, designed by the architect Domenico Merlini between 1775 and 1795, was once the summer home of the last Polish King, Stanisław August Poniatowski.
Photo by Orlowski      There are peacocks roaming free on the grounds just as you would see pigeons wandering around in any city park, or for us country folk, as you would see chickens and ducks in the barnyard!
     Although the buildings and pavilions were originally built at the end of the 18th century, you must remember that all of Warsaw was destroyed during World War II. The palace was carefully reconstructed from the ruins and it was furnished with works of art that once belonged to the king.
Photo by Tecza
Photo by Tecza      The grounds of the park contain pavilions, reflecting ponds and statues. This one is the Chopin Monument. During the summer, open-air piano recitals are held right at the foot of the statue!
     Deep within the park is an amphitheater known as "Island Theater". It is patterned after the ancient theater of Herculaneum. A canal separates the semi-circular seating area from the stage which is itself an island! And of course, swans can be seen gracing the waters of the palace ponds.

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