10 - Presidential Palace

The palace was built in the 17th century as the residence of the royal hetman Stanisław Koniecpolski. After his death, it became the property of the next aristocratic families of Radziwiłł and Lubomirski. The palace was not only the residence of successive magnate families. It was also where operas and theater performances were staged. The most eminent rulers of Europe, such as Tsar Alexander I Romanov and Napoleon Bonaparte, have stayed here. In the 19th century, it was the official seat of the Tsar’s governor during the Russian occupation. In 1918, after Poland regained independence, it became the official seat of the Polish government. It is currently the residence of the President of the Republic of Poland.

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