Łazienki Palace Poland, Warsaw

Łazienki Palace

The Łazienki Palace is a classicist palace in Warsaw's Royal Baths Park, the city's largest park, occupying over 76 hectares of the city center.

From 1674 the property (and the nearby Ujazdów Castle) belonged to Count Stanisław Herakliusz Lubomirski, who built a Baroque bath house called "Łazienka" ("Bath") The building, erected on a square plan, was richly decorated with stuccos, statues, and paintings; some of the original decorations and architectural details survive.

In 1766 King Stanisław August Poniatowski purchased the estate and converted the bathing pavilion into a classicist summer residence.

During World War II, the occupying Germans drilled holes in the palace walls in preparation for blowing it up. They never got around to carrying out the planned destruction.