Kozłówka Palace

The Kozłówka Palace is officially known as the Zamoyski Museum in Kozłówka (Muzeum Zamoyskich w Kozłówce–you can read about it in English from this link). It is a large rococo and neoclassical palace located in Kozłówka, not far from Lublin.  Its architecture is original, a merger of European art with old Polish traditions. 

The Zamoyski family plays an important part in Polish history, and this palace was at one time one of their residences. Probably the most famous member of the family was Jan Zamoyski who became  chancellor and hetman (military leader).

The palace itself is very beautiful, as you can see from my pictures here: http://poland.leonkonieczny.com/Albums/Poland%202011/Kozłówka%20Palace/index.html. The grounds are maintained impeccably, and we visited at the perfect time of year, the peak of summer, the peak season for all the flowers and landscape. Of course, I was not able to take pictures of the inside of the museum, but take a look at the first link above, there are some nice pictures there and the virtual tour is absolutely wonderful…I saw all these amazing things. I hope you’ll take the time to look around, too. The direct link to the virtual tour is here. Just click the buttons or the arrows to move around, it’s really fantastic. There are also some little gold “information” buttons you can click on to learn more. I saw all of these amazing things.

Among the notable and interesting things at this fine palace is the museum that is in one of the stables–a museum of socrealizm. This is a style of art popularized in the communist area and meant to depict realistic situations and designed to further the goals of socialism and communism. It also is artwork created in an environment that did not tolerate free expression but was ripe with censorship and a “tow the party line” mentality.  In today’s modern Poland, this museum is referred to as a museum of “unwanted” socialism-era art.

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