Photographer's Note

Why am I still active on TrekEarth? So many friends have left and the site is clearly neglected by the owners. One of the reasons I stay is its mission statement: Learning about the world through photography. Every time I visit my home country, Poland, I try to do some sightseeing. In the last two years, my visits to places like Ksiaz and Moszna Castles, I believe, have inspired emka to take a trip to South West Poland. From her reportage, here on TE, I have learned about the existence of this beautiful palace. It is very conveniently located not far from the motorway passing from the west to the east. It is almost in the middle between my parents and my parents in law, as if created for me to make a stop there for a break.

History of the Pławniowice village dates back to 1317, however, the area was mostly a scenic woodland next to a large lake until 1737, when it was bought by a nobleman called Franz Wolfgang von Stechow. In 1789 it passed through a marriage to the wealthy noble clan of the Ballestrems, who built a fairy tale palace between 1882 and 1884. Designed by Constantine Heidenreich, the palace is a three-wing structure in the architectural style of Dutch neo-mannerism. It is known for its contrast in colour and texture between the red brick walls and ornamental stone edging. The roofs are adorned by various turrets, towers, dormers and needles of different shapes and sizes. The palace remained in the hands of the Ballestrems until the end of World War II when it was abandoned as the Red Army quickly approached the village. The palace was then looted and the lavish interiors were devastated. Following the war, the palace was owned by the Polish state and was neglected, which contributed to its deterioration over time. Since 1993 it has undergone full renovation and is now a local tourist attraction.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7495 W: 106 N: 19629] (75139)
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