Zamoyski Palace in Zamość

Zamoyski Palace and Jan Zamoyski Monument   

Zamość is one of the most beautiful towns in Poland (read more about Beautiful Polish towns and cities to visit). One of the most interesting buildings in the town is the former Zamoyski Palace. Although the palace lost much of its character and it is closed to the public but it is one of the most impressive buildings in Zamość. This palace was the main residence of the hetman Jan Zamoyski - Polish nobleman, magnate and founder of Zamość.

Salt Market Square in Zamość

Jan Zamoyski (1542-1605) is considered to be one of the most prominent statesmen in Polish history. He is also remembered as one of the most accomplished Polish military commanders. His most prized creation was the city of Zamość, founded in 1580, built and designed as a Renaissance "citta ideale" or "ideal city" by the Italian architect Bernardo Morando (read some more at Zamość - the ideal city).

The back side of the Zamoyski Palace

The Zamoyski Palace in Zamość was erected in 1579-1586. Bernardo Morando designed the palace at the western end of the main axis of the town. Palace was separated from the town with its own fortifications. It was a 60-meter long one-storey "front" building which had monumental fan-shaped stairs leading to the first floor. The palace also had a four-sided tower "the belvedere" with an observation terrace.


For several centuries the palace many times has been changed - for example after the fire in the 1658 year. In the 18th century, the palace was rebuilt in the Baroque style. The tower was made lower, its attic was demolished and it was topped with a triangular gable with sculptures on the corners. The palace building was covered with mansard roofs and was joined to the back outbuildings with one-storey galleries. In 1809 the palace and the town of Zamość were sold to the State Treasury. The palace was rebuilt in classical style.

The back side of the Zamoyski Palace and the Fortifications of Zamość

Palace lost much of its character when it was converted into a military hospital in the 1830s. In 1918, when Poland became independent, the palace was taken over by the town court. In the period between the two World Wars around object was established a park. Nowadays the building is the seat of court and in the objects added at the back of the palace, there are flats.

Jan Zamoyski Monument

There is the Statue of Jan Zamoyski in the square in front of the palace. The statue was made by Marian Konieczny - a famous Polish sculptor.
To the north of the palace stretches a beautifully landscaped park. By creating a park, elements of fortifications were used (read some more at Zamość Fortress).

Landscape park

You might also like other articles about most beautiful Polish castles, palaces and fortresses (click to read) or beautiful Polish towns and cities to visit (click to read)
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  1. What a stunning place! Thanks for linking up!

  2. I keep looking for a new way to say--- excellent post!

  3. Great photos.
    Thank you for sharing at

  4. Interesting history and sad that the palace has changed so much since its beginnings. It must have been grand.

  5. Miejsce przepiękne to i ogląda się z przyjemnością, pozdrawiam:)

  6. How amazing to think of a time where you could just commission your own town - such a beautiful one at that too. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping and introducing me to itm

  7. I so enjoy your sharing of the culture in Poland. Such majestic buildings that you've shared. The scenery around the pond photo is lovely. :)

    Peabea@Peabea Scribbles

  8. It's kinda sad that the palace lost some of it's appeal when it was converted into a military hospital, but it's still very nice! #CityTripping (

  9. My grandfather was Polish, but I sadly know so little about this part of my ancestry, since he left the country during the war and never wanted to talk about it. As an adult now I'm more curious about my grandfather's beloved country, and I'm glad I can experience part of it through photos like these!

  10. Nigdy tam nie byłam.A z Zamościem kojarzy mi się głównie rynek, więc dziękuję za informacje i piękne zdjęcia. Najbardziej podoba mi się ujęcie pomnika.

  11. Beatiful illustrated report

  12. Interesting photos, Jarek.

  13. I am not familiar with this city, so, it is nice to learn more about it in here. From your pictures, I can appreciate its beauty.

  14. Lovely photos. Fascinating history.

  15. Ach, zobaczyć to miejsce na żywo...

  16. I'm visiting here this July, along with Lublin, thanks for the great post! #wanderfulwednesday

  17. An impressive place with such grandeur.

  18. Good eye! I like the angles and especially photos 1 and 2.

  19. Hello, lovely tour and a beautiful statue! Great series of photos. Happy Thursday, enjoy your weekend ahead!

  20. Beautiful picture and place..
    Many thanks for al yours comments.. Cheers. .

  21. This is very interesting. I love that the building has survived all these years although changed and modified several times.

  22. What a fascinating history and great photos -the light is just perfect! #Wkendtravelinspiration

  23. This is a huge palast and a wonderful building. Fabulous photos too !
    Best regards, Synnöve

  24. Very beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing.

  25. places like this is hard to get good shots of. But you manages nicely :)

  26. Thanks for sharing this lovely place with us. I like the color of the building. The tower is great as is the statue.


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