Travelogue

Antonin Palace

Antonin palace is situated on the edge of the Barycz Valley Landscape Park, in the southern part of Greater Poland voivodeship. It is a unique wooden palace, made of larch. Designed by Frideric von Schinel for Duke Antoni Radziwill, it was built in 1824. It is situated amidst extensive woodland with old, majestic oaks and an English style garden. The Duke was a keen hunter and to start with, the palace was just a hunting residence, only later, he has moved in here with his wife and two daughters. He was a great patron of music and invited here many famous people. Fryderyk Chopin not only stayed here but also composed his Polonaise C in major, Op.3. The house is a four storey building laid out on the plan of a Greek cross. The hall is supported by a centrally posted collumn and galleries running around it. It is a truly exeptional construction, incredibly innovating for the times when it was built. Duke’s residence survived in an immaculate state and has been converted to the hotel.

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