Branicki Palace, Bialystok

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Branicki Palace is a historical edifice in Białystok, Poland. It was developed on the site of an earlier building in the first half of the 18th century by Jan Klemens Branicki, a wealthy Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth hetman, into a residence suitable for a man whose ambition was to become king of Poland. The palace complex with gardens, pavilions, sculptures, outbuildings and other structures and the city with churches, city hall and monastery, all built almost at the same time according to French models was the reason why the city was known in the 18th century as Versailles de la Pologne and subsequently Versailles de la Podlachie .HistoryThe Palace was built for Count Jan Klemens Branicki, Great Crown Hetman and patron of art and science, raised in the French milieu of the Polish aristocracy, who transformed a previous house into the suitably magnificent residence of a great Polish noble, a rival to Wilanów Palace, making a start in 1726. He also laid out the central part of the town of Bialystok, not a large place in the 18th century, with its triangular market.
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  • Branicki Palace and especially the palace gardens are worth visiting. It is worth relaxing in the garden on a clear day, any season [well, except in winter]. Currently, the palace houses the Rector's....  more »
  • Wonderful place inside heart of BIAŁYSTOK. Beautiful garden and park just for break. You have to visit this marvellous place  more »
  • This is a beautiful Palace. It's free entry. The gardens are stunning. A must visit in Bialystok.
  • Spectacular Palace, beautiful architecture. Looks fantastic all lit up at night, the parks and gardens around the palace, are a sight to behold well worth a visit.
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