Continuing the Polish Perspectives Series, our guest blogger Cailin visits “the Versailles of Podlachia” – Branicki Palace.
Today we visited Branicki Palace. Situated in downtown Bialystok and within walking distance from the historic square, Branicki Palace has been nicknamed the Versailles of Podlachia. Having visited The Palace of Versailles in France I was intrigued to see how the Polish interpreted the legendary work of art.
Building of the palace started in 1691 and commenced six years later. The Palace was built for Count Jan Klemens Branick, a Polish nobleman. Unfortunately in 1944 the Palace suffered considerable damage from the WWII bombings & fires caused by German soldiers. Soon after the war, the citizens of Bialystok realized a need for restoration. Today the Palace houses a famous medical school. Currently the main gardens are under construction and are planned for completion in 2011.
Although all the rooms are not open for the public it is easy to see why this historic building is such a source of national pride for not only citizens of Bialystok but also all of Poland. The building’s architecture and accompanying sculptures are truly inspiring. I highly suggest when visiting Bialystok you visit this important piece of Polish history and true national pride.
About Cailin Szczesiul
In addition to being a successful young professional Cailin is an avid traveller and blogger. She writes about everything from baking to music to home décor. For more information please check out her blog . You can also follow her on Twitter.