It has already been one year since we visited Podlasie, Northern Poland, and on our way back, we reached the city of Bialystok to access the motorway that took us home. Still, we had planned our itinerary to allow for a walk around the historic city. One of the highlights there is the Branicki Palace. You cannot visit the interiors as it serves as the seat of the local medical academy. It hosts a museum of medical history on its premises, but the museum was unfortunately closed on Monday.
So, we walked around the palace and explored its garden. The place is very well-maintained. In addition to the French-style garden, the backyard is surrounded by a park with many huge old trees. As it was a particularly hot day, my travel companions and my baby niece sought shelter in its shade. Meanwhile, I walked around the palace and its garden, taking pleasure in looking fo the best shot. Initially, I thought that the photos wouldn’t turn out well due to the noon lighting. But it turned out well.
The Branicki Palace was built in the early 18th century and was the residence of the Branicki family, a prominent Polish noble family. The construction of the palace was commissioned by Jan Klemens Branicki, a powerful magnate and military leader. He was a wealthy and influential figure in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The palace was built as a residence for him and his family. It remained in the possession of the Branicki family for several generations. The family was known for its wealth and patronage of the arts. They played a significant role in the cultural and social life of Białystok and the surrounding region.
The Palace was designed by Johann Christian Schuch and constructed between 1697 and 1705 in the Baroque style. Its exterior reflects the grandeur and opulence of the era. The Palace complex includes the main palace building, as well as various outbuildings, stables, and a chapel. The interiors of the palace were known for their luxurious furnishings, intricate artwork, and splendid ballrooms.
In the early 19th century, during the Napoleonic Wars and the subsequent Congress of Vienna, the palace came under the control of the Russian Empire. It was used as a residence for members of the Russian imperial family, including Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovich and his wife, Grand Duchess Anna Feodorovna. After Poland regained its independence following World War I, the palace became state property. It was used for various purposes, including housing government offices and institutions.
Unfortunately, some parts of the palace were destroyed during World War II, but efforts have been made to restore and preserve its historical value.
In the 20th century, the palace was acquired by the Medical University of Białystok. It became the main building of the university and has served educational and administrative functions.