A Magnificent Historic Edifice Located on Warsaw's Royal Route
Staszic Palace is certainly one of the most beautiful buildings located along Warsaw's most prestigious avenue, the Krakowskie Przedmiescie Royal Avenue, and is also a building with a long and notable history. This particular image shows the beautiful palace with all its lights shining in the darkness of a lovely Polish evening, and highlights the incredible beauty of one of Warsaw's most notable structures. Depicted on this Worldwide Gifts magnetic photo, the image of Palac Staszica is a marvelous souvenir from a visit to Poland.
The history of this spectacular Neoclassical structure dates as far back as the year 1620, when its original, smaller building was constructed as an Eastern Orthodox chapel and burial place for a captive Russian Tsar and his brother who died while prisoners of war. It was later converted to a Dominican chapel because the population in Poland is mostly Catholic, Protestant or Jewish, not Eastern Orthodox.
Interesting Facts about the Staszic Palace
In the year 1818, a leader of the Polish Enlightenment named Stanislaw Staszic purchased the chapel and had it grandly renovated and rebuilt into a stunning palace. When the beautiful structure was complete, he gave it to Poland's first scientific organization, the Society of the Friends of Science. A few years later, a monument was erected honoring Nicolaus Copernicus, the Renaissance astronomer who was the first to design a model of the universe with the Sun at its center instead of the Earth.
Today, after being damaged and then restored in a series of wars, and put to use for several differing occupations, Staszic Palace is the location for the headquarters of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Scientific scholars of Poland gather here in a society of academics to further scientific studies in this country.