Kozłówka Palace – residence of Bieliński and Zamoyski family

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Kozłówka Palace as a Historical Monument

The Kozłówka Palace is located in the Lublin Voivodeship in eastern Poland, about 30 km from Lublin. Until the Second World War it was the residence of the owners of large estates. By a twist of fate, it came out unscathed from the turmoil of war and the difficult communist times, unlike countless other Polish cities and palaces, which unfortunately were not so lucky. Preserved almost unchanged, in 2007, in accordance with the decree of the President of the Republic of Poland, the Kozłówka Palace was recognized as a Historical Monument.

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Kozłówka Palace
Residence of the Bieliński family, and later the Zamoyski family in Kozłówka

The village of Kozłówka was part of a large estate, the main center of which was Dys, and later Kamionka. At the beginning of the 15th century, the owners of this property were the Tęczyński family, then the Oleśnicki family and some other aristocratic families. At the beginning of the 18th century, the heiress of the property, Tekla Pepłowska, brought the dowry to the marriage with Michał Bieliński, the voivode of Chełmno. During the Saxon times, Michał’s father and later his brother held the highest office of the Grand Marshal of the Crown in the Republic of Poland.

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The main entrance to the palace

After the wedding, in 1736-1742, the spouses Michał and Tekla built a new baroque residence for themselves, a palace in Kozłówka. In 1799, their son Franciszek sold the Kozłówka property to Aleksander August Zamoyski, the 11th ordinate in Zamość. The palace and the entire Kozłówka estate remained in the hands of the Zamoyski family until 1944.

Konstanty Zamoyski obtained the status of ordinance for the property, thanks to that the Kozłówka goods were excluded from the normal inheritance law, i.e. they could not be encumbered with a loan, sold or divided. Konstanty, who settled in the Kozłówka Palace after his marriage to Aniela Potocki, rebuilt the palace into the representative seat of the family (he set up, among others, water supply and sewage systems).

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The last owner of the Kozłówka Palace – Aleksander Zamoyski

The last owner of the Kozłówka Palace was Aleksander Zamoyski, three times decorated with the Cross of Valor, and later with the Virtuti Militari Cross (for participating in the battles with Russia in 1920). During World War II, he supported Polish underground organizations, for which he was arrested by the Gestapo and imprisoned in the concentration camp in Auschwitz.

Aleksander’s wife Jadwiga looked after the property during the war. In order to protect the most valuable souvenirs, medallions, porcelain and collected works of art, she took them to Warsaw. Unfortunately, all this property was destroyed during the bombing of the capital. Jadwiga and her children finally decided to flee Kozłówka for fear of the approaching Red Army. Around 20 July 1944, the Kozłówka Palace was occupied by the Soviet army and for some time served as the headquarters of the commander.

Today, exceptionally beautiful interiors simply delight. However, it cannot be forgotten that this is only a substitute for the former beauty of Poland, the country on the Vistula River


Photographs of the Kozłówka Palace

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7 thoughts on “Kozłówka Palace – residence of Bieliński and Zamoyski family

  1. Hello, In my Poland itinerary I will only have enough time for one day trip from Warsaw to visit a palace. I am having a hard time deciding between this palace and Lancut Castle. How would you compare them? I am interested in authentic beautiful interiors and paintings. Which would you suggest?

    1. I’m very sorry that I haven’t replied earlier. It’s really hard to compare them. Both of them survived the IIWW, what is really rare in Poland. Interiors are great, furnished as their owners left them. Kozłówka is little smaller. But Łańcut is the most famous. It’s really hard to decide between them, but I feel I would visit Łańcut Castle. Hope, it’s not to late.

      1. Thank you! It’s not too late. I am planning for next year and I am doing research now. I realize now that Lancut is closer to Krakow than Warsaw, so which palace I choose to visit will also depend on where I will have more time for an outside trip. I will be happy to visit either palace. There is so much to see and do! My itinerary keeps getting longer. What a beautiful country!

          1. I originally planned for 10 days but I pushed it to 13 days. My itinerary is 2 days in Warsaw, 2 days in Gdańsk, one day each in Torun, Poznań, Wroclaw, 3 days in Krakow, two days in Zakopane to hike in the Tatra mountains, and day 13 fly home to Canada. I don’t feel like this is enough at all. I wish I could stay a full month. My partner is of Polish descent and I am reading so much about Poland that I am teaching him about his parents’ homeland. I think it is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe and I admire the strength, resilience and bravery of the Polish people over the centuries. I am really looking forward to this trip!

          2. I’m really sorry for responding so late. Your words are extremely nice. I can’t say that I disagree. 🙂 I wish you a good trip, it sounds like a busy plan, but I’m also a kind of person who enjoys these kind of hectic trips 🙂 The world is too small, so sometimes we really need to hurry up. Don’t worry, may be you will come back to Poland one day in a future.

          3. Thank you for your well wishes, Barbara. This trip is all about adventure and exploration. And when we come back again we may plan to be more leisurely. I hope you have a Happy New Year!

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