Natolin Palace and Park

Natolin Palace is one of the most beautiful 18th century residences in the vicinity of Warsaw and once formed part of the Royal Wilanów estate. Originally a zoological garden belonging to King Jan III SOBIESKI, what is now the Natolin estate was developed by King August MOCNY II, his successor on the Polish throne, as a farm. The Palace was built by Prince August CZARTORYSKI in the 1780s, and the building thereafter served as a residence for different owners drawn from the Polish aristocracy who successively redesigned and developed the palace with the help of Italian and Polish artists and craftsmen. Among Polish romantic palace and garden complexes, Natolin Palace holds a special place. As a result of a one-hundred-year long process spent shaping and reshaping the residence, a palace of exceptional beauty emerged, featuring an exquisite viewing salon and elegant interiors. It is one of the most stunning palaces ever created in Poland in the neo-Classical period.

The most renowned architects of the 18th and 19th centuries were commissioned to work on the Natolin residence, among whom Simon Gottlieb ZUG, Christian Peter AIGNER and Enrico MARCONI. Moreover, the circle of artists who collaborated on the imaginative development of Natolin also included Vincenzo BRENNA, Adam BYCZKOWSKI, Wirgilius BAUMANN and Ludwik KAUFFMANN. Besides artistic considerations, the beauty of Natolin Palace lies in the landscape surrounding it: a natural, one-hundred hectare (247 acres) forest, transformed into a romantic English park in the 19th century.

Following extensive damage during the Second World War, the entire Natolin estate became a state property in 1945, and from 1946 onwards was closed to the public, becoming the weekend residence of the President of the Republic. The restoration of the Palace and associated buildings and the monuments in the Park was largely completed in the 1990s. 

The Park is now a nature reserve with protected old woodlands and wildlife of special interest.

             

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