- Imperial Castle in Poznań
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The Imperial Castle in Poznań ( _pl. Zamek Cesarski w Poznaniu, _de. Königliches Residenzschloss Posen) is a
palacein Poznań, Poland. It was constructed in 1910 by Franz Schwechtenfor William II, German Emperor, with significant input from William himself. Since its completion, the building has housed government offices of Germany(till 1918 and during the Second World War) and Poland (1918-1939, 1945-present).
The name of this structure is misleading, as the building is a
palacerather than a castle. Another difference arises from the adjective "imperial" ("cesarski") preferred by the Poles and "royal" ("königliches") used by the Germans. The German name refers to William II as King of Prussia, in this function he built the palace as his provincial residence, while the Polish name refers to him as Emperor of Germany because the term "royal" is reserved to Poznań's Royal Castle of the Kings of Poland.
The location of the castle was not accidental. After the deconstruction of the polygonal part of the
Stronghold Poznań, Poznań was transformed to a residential city ("Haupt- und Residenzstadt"). On the new lands, Prussian authorities - who acquired the city in the Second Partition of Polandin 1793 - decided to build a new Germanic heart of city, known as the "Imperial District". The projects of the new districts were prepared by Joseph Stübben. Monumental buildings of the Imperial Districts surrounding the castle included:
*Post Office building
Settlement Commission(now Collegium Maius)
*Buildings of the Royal Academy ("Königliche Akademie in Posen") (today
Aula of the Adam Mickiewicz University, Collegium Minus and the Collegium Iuridicum)
*City Theatre (today Opera house)
*Building of the Academy of Music (
Akademia Muzyczna w Poznaniu)
*Evangelical-Augsburg Church of St. Paul (today Roman-Catholic Church of the Holiest Savior)
Otto von Bismarck
Construction began in 1905 (plans were ready in 1904), and five years later, on
21 August 1910, during a visit of the emperor in Poznań(called "Posener Kaisertage"), the architect presented the keys to the new residence to William. The total cost of the building was five million German marks, and the castle is the youngest in Europe. [ [http://www.city.poznan.pl/mim/strony/s8a/documents.html?co=print&id=3286&parent=576&instance=1011&lang=en&lhs=s8a&rhs=null Document :: Facts and figures :: Multimedia City Guide ] ] William's first, and only, burgrave("Schlosshauptmann") in 1906 - 1918 was the Pomeranian noble, Count Bogdan Hutten-Czapski.
The castle was built in Neo-Romanesque style, considered by William to be the most "Germanic" and representing the glory of the
Holy Roman Empire. The new residence was intended to reflect the control over Greater Polandby the Kingdom of Prussiaand the German Empire
The main building located in the southern part of the complex has two wings: the western — the larger one — consisting of apartments, and the eastern with representative rooms. On the ground floor of the western wing were rooms of the
Court Marshal, Chamberlain and other members of imperial court. On the first floor were the apartments of the Emperor and his wife. A private chapel in a Byzantine style(project of August Oetken) was located in a tower. Under the chapel, on the western side of the tower was the entrance reserved for the emperor. From the entrance, stairs lead straight to the first floor. The bedrooms of the emperor and the empress were connected by a corridor with four statues of the following rulers: Margrave Gero, Emperor Otto I, Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, and Duke Władysław II the Exile. The second floor was planned to be used by the crown prince (the so-called "prince rooms"). Most of rooms were connected by a foyersurrounding the inner yard.
The most impressive room of the representative wing was the Throne Room in Byzantine style. The room was lighted by huge windows from three sides, positioned between the columns and the arches. Eight statues of
Holy Roman Emperors were placed under the arches. The throne, designed in an oriental style, was situated under the middle arch. Over the windows was a gallery for guests and the orchestra. The entrance to this part of the castle was from Wałowa Street (today Kościuszki Street).
The northern part of the complex, from Berlin Street (now Fredry Street), consisted of service rooms, garage, stable and coach house. Those structures and two wings of the main building surround the roses yard with a fountain, based on the Fountain of the Lions from the
Court of the Lionsin the Alhambrain Granada, Spain.
Greater Poland Uprising (1918–1919), the castle became the property of the Second Polish Republic. According to a decision of the Polish government in 1921, the castle became the residence of the Naczelnik państwaand later the President of Poland. The building was also used by the Ministry of Former Prussian Partition("Ministerstwo byłej Dzielnicy Pruskiej"). Some rooms were also used by the University of Poznań, Związek Harcerstwa Polskiegoand other organisations.
After the incorporation of Greater Poland into
Nazi Germanyin 1939, the authorities decided to transform the castle into Adolf Hitler's residence. It was also used by the administrator of the Wartheland, Arthur Greiser. According to this decision, Albert Speerprepared the project of the reconstruction, which completely changed the rooms of the castle. Most of the rooms were changed into the style of the Third Reich. The chapel was changed into the private cabinet of Hitler, with a characteristic balcony with an electric-heated floor. The cabinet was a copy of Hitler's room in the Reich Chancellery; the architectonic details of this room survived World War IIand is often used in films. The Throne Room was also transformed into an audience hall. Under the castle, a bunker for 375 people was constructed. The rebuilding was stopped in 1943 due to the Germans' negativity from setbacks on the Eastern Front.
During fighting in 1945, the castle was a temporary camp for German
POWs, and was later used as a barracks by the Polish People's Army. During this period, the communist government considered the demolition of the castle as a symbol of the German occupation and bourgeois style. Due to a lack of funds, only some of the German symbols were removed and the upper part of damaged tower was demolished.
During the war, the city hall and the seat of the town authorities was destroyed. The castle was renamed to "New City Hall" ("Nowy Ratusz"), and later transformed into a centre of culture. On
6 June 1979the castle was declared a historical monument under protection of law.
Today, the Throne Room is used as a cinema room; other apartments contain art galleries, a puppet theater, pubs, music clubs and restaurants. The courtyard is often a place of concerts and outdoor movie performances during summer. The second floor is still empty and has not been renovated.
* [http://www.zamek.poznan.pl/ Centre of Culture "Zamek]
Jerzy Topolski, Lech Trzeciakowski(red) "Dzieje Poznania, tom II cz. 1 1793-1918", Warszawa-Poznań 1994, Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe ISBN 83-01-11393-6
*Jerzy Topolski, Lech Trzeciakowski (red) "Dzieje Poznania, tom II cz. 2 1918-1945", Warszawa-Poznań 1998, Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe ISBN 83-01-12401-6
Włodzimierz Łęcki, "Poznań i okolice. Przewodnik", Warszawa 1983, Sport i Turystyka ISBN 83-217-2434-5
*Zbigniew Szymanowski, Marta Tomczyszyn, "Poznań", Bielsko-Biała 1999, Pascal ISBN 83-87696-24-2
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