The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 3: European Gardens (500AD-1850)

Polish garden designs

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486. Villa Nuova (It.); Villaneuve (Fr.); Villanov (Pol.), (fig. 156.), near Warsaw, the ancient seat of King John III., now belonging to the family of Pototcki. and Belvedere, near Warsaw, are also very handsome. Villanov was originally laid out in the ancient style, and afterwards remodelled in the English manner, after the designs of the Princess Isabella Czartoryska. The chateau of Villanov, says Dr. Granville, is, perhaps, the only royal structure in Europe which, like some of the great edifices of ancient Rome, was erected by the hands of prisoners taken in war. It was constructed with the assistance of several thousand Turkish captives. Villanov was formerly the residence of John Sobieski. (Travels, &c.)