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Belweder

Classical Palace known mainly as a former seat of the government.

ulica Belwederska 54/56 (map)
Belweder
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Built in the 17th century, it was the property of Stanislaw August Poniatowski from the middle of the 18th.
The classically-styled Belweder, designed by Jakub Kubicki, was formerly a 17th century villa that underwent a major transformation between 1818-1822. During World War I, the Warsaw Governor-General, Hans Hartwig von Beseler, lived there, but the palace was taken over and placed under police control by Teofil Neya in November of 1918. Until 1926, it was used as the headquarters of the President of the Second Republic, then between 1926-1935, it was the Minister of the Armed Forces, Józef Piłsudski’s office. Then, from 1939-1945, Ludwig Fischer, the German Governor of Warsaw, had his headquarters in the palace, followed by Bolesław Bierut in 1945, who held the office the President of the Republic of Poland subsequently. In 1989, the Belvedere again became the seat of the President. Initially Wojciech Jaruzelski, and since 1990 - after first democratic election- of Lech Walesa. In 1994,  President Lech Walesa decided to move to the palace at the Krakowskie Przedmieście.

In 1998-2001 a major renovation and refurbishment of Belvedere took place.

From 2010 until 2015 Belvedere served as the seat of the Polish President - Bronislaw Komorowski. Palce hosted also celebrations with the participation of heads of state or representatives of the Chancellery of the President.

Currently, Belvedere is used for representative purposes, celebrations of military and diplomatic meetings state authorities with foreign leaders. 

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