The Raczynski Palace

Last week we had Natalie’s family (our only Young Woman) over for dinner. Her parents are not members of our church, but Natalie comes faithfully each Sunday. We had a delightful evening with Natalie and her Mom and Dad, Gosia and Michel. We talked about families, and we had a chance to bear testimony of how the gospel of Jesus Christ and His restored church have helped us in raising our children. Michel and Gosia invited us to go with them to see the Raczynski Palace, which is just a few kilometers outside of town. This Palace was built in the 18th century and has seen a lot of history throughout the years. The last person in the family to live there was Edward Bernard, a President of the Republic of Poland who was exiled and lived London for most of the years he was President. The Raczynski Family Foundation donated the palace to the country for a museum in recent years. One wing of the palace is open to the public, but the rest of the main building is still being restored for public viewing.

A view of the grounds in front of the Palace

The Palace is huge, and many members of the family lived here at the same time. There is another wing of the Palace on the right side of the center structure just like the one pictured on the left. The wing which is open is lined with paintings of the family members back to the 1700's.

The back of the Palace and the French garden area

Elder Reed, Sister Reed, Michel, and Gosia in the carriage house - this building was filled with beautiful carriages used throughout the years. There was also a huge building which housed paintings from all over the world. Edward was an ardent art collector.

Another view of the palace grounds

In back of the French garden we walked into a heavily wooded area with thousands of oak trees. This enormous tree is called Edward's Tree, named after this great Polish patriot.

This tree found in the forest is around six hundred years old and is named Rus. There is a Polish legend which suggests the common ancestry of the Poles, the Czechs and the Russians. Lech, Czech, and Rus (brothers) were hunting one day and all went their separate ways. In short, each founded their own country. These trees are named after these legendary men.

This is Czech, who has lived out his years.

And here is Lech. Lech and Rus have limbs proped up because of old age weakness.

A view of all three trees - the bases of their trunks are massive after hundreds of years of growth.

The family had their own cathedral with a masoleum on the Palace grounds

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One Response to The Raczynski Palace

  1. Wendi Jagerson says:

    That’s great that you were able to spend time with Natalie’s parents teaching them how the gospel helps families and going to such a beautiful palace. I hope they get baptized too. :)

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