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Villa Nova or in Polish Wilanow is one of Warsaw quarters, originally a village where John III Sobieski (the one who commandeered the battle of Vienna >>>) build his summer residence. The palace with an extensive park, rebuilt and reconstructed after the war struggles is still the very centre of this part of the city. The park, partly laid out by an architect and partly left in a natural state alongside a lake is open for visitors for a small fee (around 1 EUR), so it is a place where people come to rest and spent time. Like in case of the Warsaw royal castle (>>>), the royal apartments in Wilanow are open for visitors, too. In fact, like in some other royal cities, there used to be a royal route connecting the royal castle with the royal palace. Thus, if you want to see the most important state buildings (presidential, parliamentary and governmental), representative residences, the most elegant parks in Warsaw as well as the royal castle and the royal palace, go alongside the royal route (bus line 116).

At present the park around the royal palace in Wilanow is known for its winter illuminations, and light and music spectacles. Below some shots done in a late afternoon and early evening on a winter Saturday just before the park and the palace area started to crowd.

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The main entrance to the palace. The carriage on the photo below was at my right hand side.

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A carriage with horses leaving the palace alongside the right hand wing. It is the part of the winter decoration.

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A close  up onto the entrance. At the right hand side you can see a horse and a carriage projected onto the palace facade. It is a part of the light and music spectacle. I made this shot during a short rehearsal. During the show the mappings are much more extensive.

A real eye catcher are also the winter decorations in the garden. Below some photo impressions. The shots were done before and after sunset.

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