Warsaw, Day 7, Wilanow Palace, part 1

Wilanow Palace (pronounced, roughly, Vilanov) is in the south part of Warsaw. It’s a Baraoque 17th century palace and is perhaps most famous for being built and used by the King Jan Sobieski. You’ll also be happy to know it survived WWII.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilan%C3%B3w_Palace
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_III_Sobieski
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Casimire_Louise_de_la_Grange_d%27Arquien

His wife, Maria, was a lady who had been a lady-in-waiting to a previous queen. She was married to a much older man who eventually died, which allowed her to marry Jan. Reportedly the two were very much in love. They had 14 children, though only 4 made it to adulthood. Maria is referred to by Jan’s pet name for her, Marysieńka (which the tour guide pronounced as Marishenka).

The palace was quite beautiful, especially the outside and the grounds. Unfortunately it was quite hot when we were there and the inside of the palace was stifling. They had small fans in every room and many of us would cluster in front of them. I was really glad to be done with the inside tour (as nice as the insides were) because I was starting to not feel well from the heat!

Here is the front of the palace:
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Sort of panorama:
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Now for the inside – they had a couple of carriages on display:
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These hexagonal portraits are actually funeral art. They went on coffins til burial, then they were removed:
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Ah, here is “Anna” the “strong” woman that purportedly caused one suitor to flee back to France. (Not really.) Well, at least she got credit for being a smart lady. ;-)
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Lots of paintings. (We started upstairs which had mostly lots of paintings.)
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Apparently mohawks were in.
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Here is Queen Marysieńka:
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Note the 3D leg from one of the cherubs hanging down:
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The artist of the paintings here:
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You can just make out the parterres in the garden out the window. There was no real place to view them from high up, unfortunately. They’re just not the same from ground-level!
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Love the red sacque on this lady:
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Interesting cross-over gown:
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Chemise gown?
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Another shot of the gardens:
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This Polish lady was Napoleon’s mistress. She was encouraged to do this to better the situation of the Polish people. The Poles were hoping Napoleon would help them to get their country back. Didn’t work out ultimately.

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You can also see that we’ve gone through 18th century to regency and now onward to Victorian in terms of portraits.

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It became fashionable to wear black, to mourn for the lack of Polish independence:
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This lady also is wearing a bracelet made of chain, another form of protest:
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Fans and cameos:
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This little hallway had antiquities:
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The Queen and the kids that made it to adulthood on the left:
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It was really dark in some of these rooms, but four of them, in the King and Queen’s apartments had ceilings that represented the four seasons.

The king’s bedroom ceiling mural had the queen in it so she was always watching him!

Dark, but there she is:
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Cool flooring pattern:
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This was the king’s library.
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Astronomy books were filed under Copernicus. Literally!
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You can see one of the fans here:
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And here:
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Finally the tour was over and thank goodness. Time to go outside. I was able to get a bottle of water, which helped. And we were able to wander the grounds for a bit too, which was nice.

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