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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

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  • 22 September 2018

    The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London has opened its doors to the public for two days today as part of the world’s largest architectural festival, the Open House London, which this year sees more than 800 buildings take part.

     

    The event, taking place on 22-23 September, is expected to attract around 500 visitors, who are being taken on a walking tour of the building at 47 Portland Place, which was once the seat of the Polish Government-in-Exile. The tour is an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the Embassy’s stunning interiors and learn about its fascinating history. Both days will finish with a piano concert featuring, among others, the music of legendary Polish composers Frederic Chopin and Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

     

    Speaking about the event, Ambassador Arkady Rzegocki said: “I am so pleased that the Embassy, a symbolic place for Poles, has opened its doors as part of Open House London for the first time. Over the years, the building has hosted many illustrious figures, including prominent diplomats. For 97 years, it has been a witness of Polish history. During the war, it was the seat of our government-in-exile, a shelter for Polish national treasures, and it was where calls to stop the crime of the Holocaust sounded out into the world. We warmly welcome British friends on our premises.”

     

    The building of the Embassy – a large terraced townhouse – was built by the Scottish architect brothers, James and Robert Adams, in the years 1773-1780, and boasts of a long list of eminent owners, including Field Marshal Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts, writer, patron of the arts and Olympic boat-racer Thomas Evelyn Scott-Ellis, 8th Baron Howard de Walden and 4th Baron Seaford, and coal magnate, philanthropist and Liberal MP, Sir Arthur Basil Markham. In October 1921, Polish Minister Władysław Wróblewski purchased the lease for the building on behalf of Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the residence has been the seat of the Polish Embassy ever since.

     

    Open House London first took place in 1992 and was founded by Victoria Thornton OBE. By providing free access to buildings in a city, Open House aims to make the general public aware of the benefits of architecture and design. Since its first edition, the Open House has been hosted by almost 40 cities, including two Polish cities, Gdynia and Gdańsk.

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