Photographer's Note

This is the oldest headquarters of the National Library in Warsaw - the Krasiński Palace (also known as the Palace of the Commonwealth), a view from the Krasinski Garden.Built in the years 1688-1699, according to Tylman van Gameren’s design, was unanimously considered by the contemporaries as one of the most beautiful magnate palaces in Warsaw. World War II was the most tragic period in the history of the Building. During the Warsaw Uprising the Palace was a defence point manned by the Parasol scouting battalion. On 27 August 1944, three German planes dropped bombs which turned the residence into ruin. The reconstruction was started in 1948 and lasted until 1961, when the Palace was handed over to shelter the most valuable collections of the National Library which survived the war. At present, there are two units of the National Library operating in the Palace: The Old Print Department and the Manuscript Department.

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Additional Photos by Lidia Krukowska (Lidka) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 278 W: 46 N: 725] (2726)
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