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Palace in Białka

Palace in Białka

At the turn of the 15th and 16th century, in the spot currently known as the Mound, there used to be the seat of the Kazanowski family. It is known that during the time of Stanisław Antoni Szczuka, i.e. at the end of the 17th century, one of Radzyń's farms has been established in Białka, as well as a manor house. The present palace has been built in the 19th century to replace the old, brick manor from the first half of the 18th century. It was founded by the owner of Radzyń's lands – Stanisław Szlubowski. During the 2nd World Warm the palace served as quarters for German pilots, and later Russians, who dealt in repairing motorized equipment. After the war, until 1949 there used to be an orphanage here, which was run by Sisters of Mercy; that was later replaced with a Children's Home. The palace is currently private property. The palace-park complex includes a single-storey Classical palace with a four-column portico, outbuildings and a vast landscape park covering the area of 18 ha.

As for the mysterious trenches-walls known as the Mound, located near the palace in Białka, there are many legends. When there has been a Children's Home here, pupils found old bricks while playing on the walls. These may be remainders of former fortifications of the Kazanowski brothers, who came to Podlasie from Radom in the second half of the 15th century. This spot has never been archeologically studied.
According to a very old legend, there used to be a building surrounded with a moat here, which fell into disrepair with time, and finally collapsed into the ground. There are also some sensation legends that this used to be an exit from the Szlubowski palace in Radzyń to the one in Białka, where carriages used to run. Yet another legend says of trenches from the time of the Swedish invasion.


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