A Guide to Zamość

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Historical buildings

The Zamoyski Palace

It was the residence of Jan Zamoyski, his successors and their families. It was here that...

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It was the residence of Jan Zamoyski, his successors and their families. It was here that the decisions of major importance to the town and the Entail were taken and distinguished guests were received; accounts of these visits describe the affluence of the hetman’s court.

The construction of the palace started even before the town foundation charter was issued. It was erected between 1579 and 1586, pursuant to Bernardo Morando’s design. Originally, it was much smaller and two-wing stairway led to the first floor of the one-storey building. A view of the town could be seen from the stairs and from the tower, which dominated the palace. It is said that the Great Hetman’s grandson, the Third Entailer Jan Sobiepan Zamoyski  liked this view very much, especially when beautiful townswomen  chose to take a walk. Those whom he fancied most extended their walk by visiting his bedroom. Nobody really knows whether this was really the case. One thing is certain, though; Sobiepan died of French disease. He was said to love his country and his sword as much as he loved women. It is mainly thanks to his steadfast attitude that during the Swedish Deluge Zamość was not captured by enemy troops; besides Zamość fortress only two other Polish fortresses managed to withstand the invaders.

Since that time the palace has been modified many times. The biggest alterations were carried out in the 19th century, when the building was converted into a military hospital. Since 1918 the palace has housed the town court.

In front of the palace there is a monument to Jan Zamoyski, the town’s founder, designed by professor Marian Konieczny. (more information about the monument can be found under a bookmark entitled “Zamość Monuments”).

The landmark is included in audio guides

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The project was co-financed by the EUROPEAN UNION - EUROPEAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND under REGIONAL OPERATING PROGRAMME OF THE PROVINCE OF LUBELSKIE FOR 2007-2013© Zamość Town Office