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Regal hideaway

The beauty of the Karkonosze Mountains has attracted the wealthy aristocracy to build their palaces and residences here for centuries. The valley became a regal hideaway.

Over time many new parks were created, and the manors and palaces were rebuilt according to the newest architectural styles. Artificial ruins, small pavilions, cottages, romantic temples and viewpoints created a cultural landscape of international recognition.

The beginnings

The murmuring stream at the foot of the ruins of the Chojnik castle was a perfect, picturesque setting for a romantic mansion. However, compared to other establishments in this area, Pakoszów Palace has a completely different origins.

In 1725, Johann Martin Gottfried - a wealthy merchant from Jelenia Gora - bought an old, simple building, that housed a linen bleaching manufacture from a man named Schaffgotsch Earl. He expanded it to today's shape with three wings and decided to locate his apartment and the representative rooms here. A representative hall is enchanting with a huge, allegorical plafond, which could be envied by any other palace in the neighborhood.

Innovative solutions

Pakoszów Palace is an innovative combination of practical sense and the want for beauty. This factory-palace is one of the first innovative solutions of its kind in the industrial architecture of Europe. In the eighteenth century, the city of Jelenia Gora became famous for its linen industry. Huge sheets of drying flax were a hallmark of the city and surrounding areas. The facade of Pakoszów Palace is quite a striking and picturesque view because it is not shaded by trees. In the representative rooms, it is possible to meet with future business partners and show them the technology of bleaching linen.

This is an unique structure because other buildings of this size functioned more as palaces or mansions of the noble. It was very unusual for that time to construct such a big object by an ordinary citizen.

Extensive renovation

The tragic history of the twentieth century caused the palace to slowly fall into ruin, which seemed to be irreversible.

Its extensive renovation for a fundamental reconstruction of the Pakoszów Palace is the work of the descendants of the former owners - Hagen and Ingrid Hartmann, whose family lived here until 1945.

Difficult challenge

In 2005, the buildings and surrounding park were purchased by the 8 times Great-Grandfather of the Constructor, Hagen Hartmann, and his family. The whole property has been revitalized with enormous passion and respect to architectural design and details.

The most spectacular renovation work was carried out in the representative room. The most difficult challenge was to recreate the plafond with its allegorical scenes. This task was conducted by Christoph Wetzel, the famous German artist who is a prominent expert in Baroque painting, and is known for the reconstruction of the paintings in the famous temple of the Frauenkirche in Dresden.

The charm of the old Silesia

A perfect contrast to the artwork on the ceiling is the illusion designed in the wooden floor, which is typical for the baroque palaces.

An impressive example of art from the Baroque period is the tiled room from ca. 1770. Every small blue tile was hand painted and all have different patterns. This room however, is still awaiting further renovation. This kind of room is unique for the entire Silesia region.

The palace is equally admired by gourmets and art connoisseurs as well as families, has kept the unique charm of the old Silesia...

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