Stare Miasto - a visit to Zamek Królewski

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Inside the courtyard of Zamek Królewski. Old Town, Warsaw, Poland.

Zamek Królewski is the Royal Castle.  This palace was reconstructed between 1971 and 1984 from ruins after being destroyed in the second world war.  I've walked by a number of times, but never actually went inside since I figured it would be more façade than anything else.  I was really wrong.  A friend is visiting from Spain and as we walked by I noticed the entrance and that it was open so we decided to check it out.  We were even lucky in that the visit to the castle is free on the third day of every month and there was a concert and theater group reenacting the signing of the Polish constitution of May 3, 1791. This was interesting as the actors were dressed in clothing from that period.  Unfortunately I didn't understand all of what was being said, but it was a lot of fun to watch.

Commemorating the signing of the Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791
 

The reconstruction of this palace must have cost a fortune but was done with great care and attention to detail.  The furniture and art were purchased with funds donated by exiled Poles and much was directly donated from Russia and the German Democratic Republic.  The Zamek Królewski dated originally from the 14th century and was the residence of Polish kings, the residence of the  President of Poland and also held the Polish Parliament. 

The tour took us through the courtesans rooms on the ground floor and through the royal residence on the upper floor.  Many of the paintings on display are by Jan Matejko, famous for painting famous Polish military and historic events.  Later on I would find an enormous painting by this painter in the Vatican Museum in what is called the "Sala Sobieski" where you can see Jan III Sobieski, King of Poland, saving Europe from the Ottoman invasion at Vienna!

We were also fortunate that there was a performance of childrens' fairy tales by a theater group in the Great Assembly Hall.  The performance was fun to watch, and the Assembly Hall is amazing, with tons of gold leaf and enormous crystal chandeliers.  This is definitely worth seeing. I am really impressed at the great job that has been done here in reconstructing all that was destroyed and damaged during the second world war.

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Inside the courtyard of Zamek Kró…
Inside the courtyard of Zamek Kr…
Commemorating the signing of the P…
Commemorating the signing of the …
Royal Castle.
Royal Castle.
Throne room in the Royal Castle.
Throne room in the Royal Castle.
Throne room in the Royal Castle.
Throne room in the Royal Castle.
Ceiling in the Great Assembly Hall…
Ceiling in the Great Assembly Hal…
Theater performance in the Great A…
Theater performance in the Great …
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