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Rydzyna Castle, in western Poland, is now used as a hotel, and is ideal for conferences and holidays, or just for a romantic week-end. It is one of the largest ducal palaces in Poland, a magnificent example of 17th. Century Baroque architecture, surrounded by a moat, with an adjacent 34ha park.
The present building is on the site of a castle that was built in Rydzyna at the beginning of the 15th. century by Jan of Czernina (whose tombstone can be seen in the parish church). At the end of the 17th.C the Leszczynski family acquired it and hired the Italian architects Bellotti and Ferrari to erect the present Baroque castle on the ancient foundations. Prince Stanislaw Leszczynski was king of Poland from 1704 to 1709. He was forced to abdicate and exiled to France. There he became Duke of Lorraine and built a beautiful palace in Nancy. His daughter Maria became queen of France and mother of King Louis XVI.,
After the second partition of Poland in 1793, architectural development in Rydzyna ceased. The most famous person from the Sułkowski family was the very brave and talented Joseph Sułkowski, the aide-de-camp of Napoleon. The name of his cousin Anthony Paul - the fourth Sułkowski owner of Rydzyna - is inscribed on the Arch de Triomphe in Paris.
In accordance with the statutes of the Sulkowski family that had been established by Prince August in 1775 with the approval of the Polish Parliament, the Educational Foundation of the Sulkowski family was restored in 1924. In 1928 the boarding - school for boys, the Sulkowski School was established under the direction of professor Tadeusz Łopuszanski, who had very interesting new ideas about education.
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Last update May 2005