Today, a splendid building, which is not in fact a palace, except perhaps metaphorically. Admire its grandeur, hunt for clues, and then I’ll tell you what it is.
It’s Polytechnika, the oldest building of the Russian Imperial University of Technology, built between 1899 and 1901 on the site of the wooden pavilions for the Second Hygiene Exhibition in 1896. The architect, Stefan Szyller, decided on “cosmopolitan eclecticism” for the facade, and inside the huge roofed courtyard the arcades and stairs copied Polish Renaissance style. A pretty splendid palace of learning! In 1916, it was taken over by Warsaw University of Technology, which has a history going back to 1829.
Not a palace, but it certainly reflects the vagaries of Polish history.
And a confession. I was fiddling round with programming on my camera the other night trying to learn how to photograph lights at night and I forgot to switch it back to idiot mode, so these photos were taken with a camera that was neither programmed nor automatic. They all had a greenish tinge, rather lovely but it didn’t represent reality. Snapseed put that right, but I can’t resist posting one fraud!