This is a stately mansion outside of Poznan. In fact, about 30 minutes drive from there. I arrived there early in the morning as I had a full day planned for that day. I had Rogalin palace, then Gniezno for lunch, and then Biskupin archeological museum. So I decided to start early. So early in fact that I got there way before they open. Had to wait almost an hour before they allowed first visitors into the Rogalin Palace.
I had enough time to walk around the palace and take some pictures of the extensive gardens. They were designed by a famous garden architect and they looked impressive. Finally, the palace opened and I could take the first tour.
Like many other old places, this place is now just a museum. No one lives there anymore. In fact, no one has lived there for many years. The Rogalin family lived in exile since world war II. The last Count of Rogalin was actually our last president in exile until 1991. He was then over 90 years old. Yes, he was the oldest politician ever. They elected him at the age of 85, I think. That’s quite impressive, actually. He was obviously of sound mind even at that age. He died at the age of 103. When he died he bequeathed the palace to the Polish nation. He was laid to rest in the family chapel within the palace.
Bt back to the palace itself. It’s obviously impressive. Fit for a king, in fact. The family was obviously rich to be able to afford such an estate. They must have had at least 100 people working in the palace to look after the house, gardens, and of course the family itself. It’s good to be the king, I say.
The tour was about 1 hour and it was quite enjoyable. Took some pictures and even shot a video. Unfortunately, my video making skills were non-existent. They still are, but now at least I know what I was doing wrong, and hopefully, next time I have an opportunity to travel, I will produce much nicer footage.