Palace of Anna Vasa

Brodnica, Poland

Palace of Anna Vasa, a Swedish Princess, was built before 1564 at the Teutonic castle area by the Brodnica County starost Rafał Działyński, partly with the use of the Gothic walls. The palace was rebuilt and expanded as a residence by Anna Vasa of Sweden in the years 1605-1616 then it was the seat of successive starosts. Burned by Russians in 1945 and reconstructed in 1969. During its existence there resided starosts of prominent families. From the early 17th century Brodnica county was granted to members of the royal family. Besides Anna Vasa of Sweden the Brodnica starosts were: Constance wife of Polish King Sigismund III Vasa, his daughter Anna Catherine, wife of King Wladyslaw IV - Cecilia Renata, and his advisor and the Great Crown Chancellor Jerzy Tęczyn Ossoliński, Maria Kazimiera - wife of John III Sobieski, Crown Hetman Marcin Kalinowski and the Great crown Marshal Marshal Francis Balinski. Currently it houses a library and museum.



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Zamkowa 1, Brodnica, Poland
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Founded: 16th century
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Poland

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Jaroslaw Dabrowski (2 years ago)
Near the Castle, it is definitely worth seeing. I recommend
Wicia (2 years ago)
Well-equipped library.
Wojciech Marczuk (2 years ago)
Very nice neighborhood and a place that is worth seeing in this city.
Dominik Szmajda (3 years ago)
The palace is rather for connoisseurs of such attractions. Interesting for me is the free parking lot located there, from which you can go out to the city, castle, chocolate pump room and park.
Róża Kobieta (3 years ago)
Anna Wazówna's palace erected after the castle's fire in the years 1550-64 with the use of fragments of walls and ward's buildings by the staroste Rafał Działyński. Rebuilt during the reign of Anna Wazówna as the brodnicki staroste for the residence. Further expansion in 1678-98. Burned in 1945, rebuilt in 1960-70 for the District House of Culture and libraries. From 1986, after moving out of the Culture House, it is the seat of the Regional Museum in Brodnica and the City Library. This is also the wedding hall of the Civil Registry Office and the Tourist Information Office. a well-preserved barrel-cross vault. The historical value of the building results from the belonging to the Polish sister of King Zygmunt lll Waza.
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