Łazienki Park, Warsaw, Poland. Chopin & Warsaw. Chopin & Poland! It seems like everywhere in Warsaw there are reminders of Chopin. Here in this park is a beautiful statue of Chopin. Even rain didn’t stop this photographer from capturing this shot…. Umbrella in one hand & camera in other….
The Chopin Statue is a large bronze statue of Frédéric Chopin that now stands in the upper part of Warsaw’s Royal Baths Park aka Łazienki Park
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Łazienki Park was designed in the 17th century by Tylman van Gameren, in the baroque style, for Stanisław Herakliusz Lubomirski. It took the name Łazienki (“Baths”) from a bathing pavilion that was located there.
In 1764 the gardens were acquired by Stanisław August Poniatowski, after his election that year as King of Poland.
The development of the classical-style gardens became a major project for King Stanisław August. The park-and-palace complex was designed by Domenico Merlini, Johann Christian Kammsetzer and landscape gardener Jan Chrystian Schuch. Its principal buildings stand beside or near the Łazienki Lake and Łazienki River. Stanisław August’s palace is situated on the lake and hence is known as the “Palace on the Water.”
Most of the buildings in the park suffered severe fire damage during and after the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, amid fighting between German and Polish forces. The structures nevertheless were relatively well-preserved, compared to those in the Old Town; here the Germans had drilled holes in the palace walls for placement of explosive charges, but charges had not been placed to destroy the buildings.
Reconstruction of the park and palaces was completed within a few years after World War II.