Open Days at Belvedere Palace this weekend

On 29-30 September 2018, Belvedere Palace, serving as an official residence by the Polish presidents, opens its doors to visitors between 11am and 5pm. The visitors are given a unique opportunity to learn about Belvedere Palace history and to visit its beautiful rooms. In addition, they are warmly invited to have a look at a special exhibition "Documents of Independence" whose aim is to celebrate 100 years since Poland regained independence after 123 years of partitions.

This exhibition presents a set of outstanding documents that illustrate a long, courageous fight for an independent Poland. Among them are great works of literature, posters, coins, and footage. Their common premise is to commemorate the people and events that shaped the restoration of the country's independence. Whether by professional work, civic engagement, political participation or everyday life, all Poles have contributed to regaining their freedom and sovereignty.

It is interesting to note that Polish "Documents of Independence" to be presented at Belvedere Palace this weekend have been entered into the Polish National List within the 3rd edition of "Memory of the World", the UNESCO programme launched in 1992. The idea behind it is to safeguard documentary heritage of world significance against wilful destruction, collective amnesia or any other dramatic circumstances. The World List includes more Polish documentary heritage.

In general, sightseeing of Belvedere Palace encompasses the tour of exhibition devoted to Marshal Józef Piłsudski, the room depicting the history of the War Order of Virtuti Militari, the Belvedere Chapel and selected historical rooms, including the newly reconstructed Office of Marshal Piłsudski. The entrance to Belvedere Palace is from the Józef Piłsudski Monument. All visitors are obliged to present a valid identity document, as well as to follow security procedures.