The beginnings of the Royal Castle date back to the 14th century when the Great Tower was built (on the map of the Castle – today’s Grodzka Tower). It was extended in the 16th and 17th centuries, and during the reign of Zygmunt III Waza it gained the shape of a closed pentagon. It was a royal residence, the place of parliament sessions and the administrative and cultural center of the country. Destroyed in the mid-17th century during the wars with Sweden, it slowly regained its splendour under the rule of the Wettins. In the second half of the 18th century artists employed by Stanisław August (Jan Christian Kamsetzer, Marcello Bacciarelli, Dominik Merlini) reconstructed the interiors of the chambers, creating the Grand and Royal Suites: Grand and Royal. During the partitions (19th century) a significant part of the collection of the last king found itself in Russia. After Poland regained its independence, some of the works of art returned to their former location. In September 1939. Castle was bombed, but museum workers, under the direction of Professor Stanisław Lorentz, managed to save some of the interior design elements and works of art.
Why is this site considered accessible?
A blind person can enter the exhibition with a guide dog. For groups there is an offer of classes, conducted by appropriately trained educators, during which it is possible to get to know selected exhibits by touch. Maps and room descriptions in Braille are permanently available for loan at the Information Desk of the Royal Castle. 6 rooms of the Grand and Royal Suites have been enriched with descriptions created in the audiodescription system.
The entrances to the ticket office and the Main Hall of the Castle are leveled by ramps. The elevator, which can accommodate one wheelchair, provides access to the basement level (to the checkroom, audio guides, the Reading Room (cinema area) and toilets adapted for use by persons with impaired mobility) and to the first floor (to the Grand and Royal suites and the Sejm Halls), which is entirely free of architectural barriers. In case of a large group, there is a possibility to use a larger elevator, accommodating four wheelchairs at a time, after prior telephone notification.
You can borrow tablets with descriptions of rooms in Polish Sign Language as well as use the guide for people with hearing disabilities.
There is also a possibility to download the guide for people on the autism spectrum from the Internet.
Address: plac Zamkowy 4
Postcode: 00-277 Warszawa
Telephone: 22 355 51 70
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