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Visit Rogalin

woman and boy hug, a palace looms in the background
Palace in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyński

When I was planning a family trip to Poznan, I knew that we absolutely had to visit Kórnik, the nearby arboretum and Rogalin. I didn't expect, however, that Rogalin would be a pearl on this route. Imagine a very small place with a palace, a Painting Gallery, a carriage house and even a Roman-style temple! Poland still attracts and surprises me. I can say only one thing: Rogalin is amazing and I recommend this place with all my heart.

How far is it from Warsaw to Rogalin?

The distance from Warsaw to Rogalin is 330 km.

How far is it from Poznań to Rogalin?

The distance from Poznań to Rogalin is 30 km.

quite big palace with bright yellow facade and red roof
I always see more in a panoramic photo. Palace in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
a woman and a boy are posing for a photo, behind them a lawn, a stone sculpture and a castle
The southern side of the Palace in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyński

The palace's interiors are meticulously protected and extremely well maintained. A tour of the rooms takes place with two guides. I love such interiors.... always at such moments I feel as if I have moved to distant times. 

in the room there are white chairs, a blue armchair with gold legs, blue wallpaper and several portraits in gold frames on the walls
Fantastic decor in the Palace in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska

You only need to look at the furniture, chandeliers and fabrics to see that the palace is wonderfully prepared for visitors.

a room with red wallpaper, there are two sculptures, three armchairs and a small sofa
Every detail was taken care of. Palace in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
a tapestry with an ancient scene, a wooden sideboard and two armchairs with golden frames
A wonderful tapestry and two golden candlesticks in the palace in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybzcyńska
wooden chairs, a tapestry on the wall, a white stove, an oval table and a large gold crystal chandelier
Another decorative room in the Palace in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska

The number of small details such as candlesticks, paintings, fold-out notebooks or books, dressing tables and even chamber pots enhance the impression of grandeur of the interiors. 

the room has a dressing table, a wooden desk, portraits on the walls and floral wallpaper on the walls
This room, without any doubts, belonged to a woman. The Palace in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska

However, my heart was stolen by the extraordinary wooden library….. I can't find the right words to describe this spectacular place. Maybe because I love reading books, this unique library was fantastic for me. The shelves and cabinets were made of carved wood, and the spiral staircase with openwork decorations added charm to the room. 

wooden library, wooden shelves, lots of books, wooden stairs leading to the upper floor
For me, that was the most impressive room in the Palace in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
a portrait of a man, wooden shelf with books and wooden stairs
Who wouldn't want to have such a library? Palace in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska

There is one special place in the palace in Rogalin. This place has been faithfully recreated. This is the "London Cabinet" of Edward Bernard Raczyński, who spent 26 years abroad, serving as the President of the Republic of Poland in Exile. 

The room has a desk, a bed, two lamps, a shelf with books, a few photos, and a small table with chairs
A truly recreated office of the Polish president in the Palace in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska

It was here, in the office, that he received official guests, friends and family. The office is filled with souvenirs, including: old furniture, family photographs, a scale on which Edward Raczyński weighed himself every day, a London address book with Winston Churchill's handwritten telephone number, and a photo of the signing of the Polish-British treaty on mutual assistance with autographs of the participants of this event.

there are a desk, a sofa and slippers next to it, a lamp, and pictures on the wall
There are even slippers. The Palace in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
The President's Personal Effects like wooden cane, black hat, uniform, monocle in a red case or two cotton shirts
The President's Personal Effects in the Palace in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
a boy is sitting next to a wooden desk, there is an old typewriter on the desk, next to it there is a hanger with a burgundy jacket
My son could feel the atmosphere of old times. The Palace in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska

There are even period clothes that kids can try on.

a boy is standing next to the wooden desk, he is wearing a tailcoat
Peter in dressing up in the Palace in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska

Right next to the palace, there is also a carriage house with two rows of different types of carriages. The entire complex is very impressive. In the carriage house, you will find sleighs, sedan chairs, open economic and administrative carriages as well as sports and walking carriages intended for gentlemen's teams, and representative and travel vehicles. Two victorias deserve special attention. They owe their name to the English queen, for whom the prototype of this extremely popular means of transport in Europe, commonly known in Poland as a carriage, was made in 1867.

a boy and a man are standing between two old carriages
A beautiful carriage in the carriage house in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
a black, old carriage
Lando's carriage in the carriage house in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
a boy and a man are looking inside a carriage
There are many different vintage carriages. The carriage house in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska

It looks really amazing :)

a row of vintage carriages
It looked really impressive. The carriage house in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
a woman is standing next to green, wooden, vintage sleigh
There were also sleighs. The carriage house in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyński
a boy is standing next to a sedan chair
And even a sedan chair. The carriage house in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska 

As if that were not enough, a unique gallery is located in the palace park. The founder of this fantastic gallery was Edward Aleksander Raczyński. During his life, he bought almost 500 masterpieces! 300 of them survied WW2. The current exhibition includes over 270 works and is presented in the Painting Gallery in Rogalin. There are such names as: Olga Boznańska, Jan Matejko (his biggest painting), Leon Wyczółkowski, Jacek Malczewski, Léon Delachaux, Stanisław Wyspiański, Gaston Linden, René Auguste Seyssaud, Emile René Ménard or Eugène Loup.

two boys are sitting in a painting gallery, there are lots of paintings hanging there
In Rogalin you can also feast your eyes on art. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
a painting of a woman sitting in an armchair
My husband really liked this painting. The Painting Gallery in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska 

"Joan of Arc" is the largest work by Jan Matejko. It presents a scene from the history of France in which the titular "Maid of Orléans", riding on a horse, goes with her royal retinue to the cathedral in Reims, where the coronation of Charles VII is to take place. Joan had just won a victory over the English army. The action takes place in 1429. The painting is huge, its dimensions are 484 x 973 cm.

a painting depicting a scene from the history of France in which the titular
This is the biggest painting of Jan Matejko. The Painting Gallery in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska 
a painting of a young girl in a red scarf
A painting of Olga Boznańska. The Painting Gallery in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska 
Two figures are shown in the room where food is stored. In a gesture of grief and helplessness, the woman hid her face in her hands. She stands with her back to the newcomer who has knelt in the doorway.
A painting of Jacek Malczewski. The Painting Gallery in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska 
several paintings featuring, among other things, naked women
The Painting Gallery in Rogalin contains works on various topics. Photo by A. Rybczyńska 

After seeing the entire palace, we decided to go for a walk. The weather was beautiful, and I had read earlier that there are very huge and old oak trees growing there. The famous three oaks, shrouded in legend, are named after the legendary rulers of the Slavic countries - Lech, Czech and Rus. Their trunks are between 670 and 930 cm!!! They are about 700 years old. Trees are Rogalin's true showcase. There are more than 1,400 old oak trees in the Rogalin Landscape Park, of which more than 800 are natural monuments.

The palace emerges from among the trees
Just look at this photo to see the beauty of the place. Magic! Photo by A. Rybczyńska
a boy is standing on a path. There are trees along the path
We're going to see the old oaks. The Palace Park in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
a huge oak in a park
Magnificent oak! The Palace Park in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
a boy is standing in a some distance from an oak
I have never seen such old trees, and neither has my son. The Palace Park in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
an old oak
It was nice to sit on a bench and admire nature. The Palace Park in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
an old tree trunk lies on the grass
Some of the trees, which are already natural monuments, have given up to the passage of time. The Palace Park in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
an old tree trunk lies on the grass next to another tree
A moment of reflection on the passage of time. The Palace Park in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska

Finally, the last but not least.... a stunning building…… When I saw it, I immediately remembered all those buildings in southern Europe, it's a real temple - I thought. It stole my heart :) 

In fact, this temple is the church of St. Marcelin, which was built in 1817-1820 as a family grave. The prototype of the church was a Roman temple called Maison Carrée, built in the 1st century BC. in Nîmes, France. In the lower part of the church - the mausoleum - there are sarcophagi in which are buried, among others: the President of the Republic of Poland, Count Edward Bernard Raczyński (great-grandson of the founder of the temple), his eldest daughter Wanda Dembińska with her husband and Roger Raczyński and his wife Konstancja Raczyńska. 

a building reminding a greek temple with columns in corinthian style
It's a fantastic building. The church of St. Marcelin in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
a man and two boys are going to a building reminding a greek temple with columns in corinthian style
This church of St. Marcelin in Rogalin is beautifully situated. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
a boy is staring on stairs leading to the church
I love such buildings. They always impress me. The church of St. Marcelin in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
a boy is sitting inside the church, There are rows of wooden pews and white altar
Inside the church of St. Marcelin in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska

In the lower part of the church (mausoleum) there are, among others: commemorative plaques and ashes of members of the Raczyński family.

a boy and a man are in a mausoleum with white columns
We are in the mausoleum of St Marcelin's Church in Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska
two boys are in the mausoleum and are standing next to one of the columns
It was a great day spent discovering another gem in Poland. Rogalin. Photo by A. Rybczyńska

How to get to Raczyński Palace in Rogalin?

Polish map outline and website address
If you have any questions,
please write to me
Agnieszka Rybczyńska

aga@gotopoland.net

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