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Siedlce Architectural Landmarks

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The old city library at 6 Pulaski Street/5 Piłsudski Street, Siedlce

The old city library at 6 Pulaski Street/5 Piłsudski Street, Siedlce

The city library of one of the famous architectural landmarks of the city belonging to the Classisim era. The building occupies the former Odwach (public premises for storing weights and measures) that later was used as the room for the city guard. It is a classicist building based on the shape of the letter T. It was built in the second half of the 18th century and was expanded in the middle of the 19th century.

Vladislav Sikorsky Square, Siedlce

Vladislav Sikorsky Square, Siedlce


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Vladislav Sikorsky Square, the city's central square

General Władysław Sikorski Square is located between Piłsudski Street, Kiliński Street and Pułaski Street. There is an obelisk dedicated to General Władysław Sikorski. The main celebrations and festivities for the residents of Siedlce take place in this square: Christmas and New Year's Eve festival, St. Stanislaus Fair, Days of Siedlce, etc.

Siedlce Regional Museum

Siedlce Regional Museum

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The building of the Regional Museum in Siedlce belongs to both classical and baroque styles. Built in 1763 - 1773 on the initiative of the town owners, the princely family of Czartoryskis, the edifice was the first concrete town hall in Siedlce. The building is famous for its sculpture of Atlas that crowns the obelisk-shaped dome of the town hall tower. The colloquial name "Jacek" (“Yatsek” in English) is often used when speaking about the entire building of the City Hall. The name is connected with a local legend, according to which Princess Aleksandra Ogińska had a butler whose name was Jacek and whom she liked and respected a lot. Jacek had been a young blacksmith of superhuman strength. One day he was called to change a wheel in the carriage of Princess Aleksandra Ogińska. Seeing the blacksmith lift the carriage with one hand and change the wheel with the other, the princess was so impressed that she offered him a job at her court. The young man accepted the offer and thus became a butler. Later he was chosen to pose for making the figure of Atlas crowning the town hall.

Walking along Pilsudski Street, Siedlce

Walking along Pilsudski Street, Siedlce


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Józef Piłsudski Street, Siedlce
The Old Market in Siedlce

The Old Market in Siedlce

The Old Market Hall (Hala Targowa) was built in 1908-1909. It looks refined and attractive after the complete renovation. Now Topaz Supermarket occupies the entire building.

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The historic tenement house at 5 Florianska Street, Siedlce became one of the architectural symbols of the city. it is interesting architecturally. The building combines the elements of Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism. It was built at the end of the 19th century.

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This old apartment house in Red Cross Street had seen better days.
It is not clear today whether this historic house is beyond repair or will be renovated soon.However, Red Cross Street is full of other interesting buildings, and this is one of them.
The Triangular House, Red Cross Street, Siedlce

The Triangular House, Red Cross Street, Siedlce


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The old houses are the monuments of the past, as it were.
Yatsek (Jacek) is walking on the city roofs in Siedlce) Urgent delivery!

Yatsek (Jacek) is walking on the city roofs in Siedlce) Urgent delivery!


We happened to see him working...

The building of the former National Bank of Poland belongs to historical buildings in Siedlce. It was designed by architect Marian Lalewicz and was erected in 1924 in the style of academic classicism typical of the buildings of public utilities built over the twenty years interwar period.

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The building of the former National Bank of Poland in Siedlce

The building of the former National Bank of Poland in Siedlce

The building looks very special with its rounded corners underlined with pilasters an topped with a roof in the form of a flat dome. The architect paid special attention to the monumental interior of the building with a representative hall. The banking complex is homogeneous in style. Today, the building is a private property and contains an office of a lawyer and Struss Development Company.

The building of the former   National Bank of Poland

The building of the former National Bank of Poland

I had read about this classicist building at the city websites, where it had been mentioned that the building had a wonderful hall. No pictures illustrated the statement. Therefore, I became interested and one day decided to enter the building and to try taking a picture of the legendary hall. I introduced myself mentioning this excellent website, and a lady at the development company kindly called its owner and asked for his permission on my behalf, which he kindly granted. Many thanks, Mr.Struss. Here are the unique pictures from the private property.

The legendary round hall of the famous building of the former National Bank of Poland, Siedlce

The legendary round hall of the famous building of the former National Bank of Poland, Siedlce

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The legendary round hall of the famous building of the former National Bank of Poland, Siedlce


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The former princely palace in Siedlce used to belong to the Ogińskis in the 18th century. Now it is the office of the Rector of the University of Natural Sciences and Humanities.

The former palace of the Ogińskis, Siedlce

The former palace of the Ogińskis, Siedlce


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The porticos and door ornaments at the former Oginskis Palace, Siedlce.
In front of the Ogińskis Palace, Siedlce

In front of the Ogińskis Palace, Siedlce


The history of the palace building dates back to 1730. It was built of bricks by Kazimierz Czartoryski to replace the old wooden mansions. The palace was renovated by Michał Fryderyk Czartoryski, the son of Kazimierz Czartoryski. In the years 1779-1781, another renovation was commissioned by Aleksandra Ogińska, the aunt of the famous Polish composer Michael Ogiński. The palace was thoroughly rebuilt by architect Stanisław Zawadzki and received a classicist body and décor.
The Classicist Post office building at 2 Józef Piłsudski Street was designed by Architect Antonio Corazzi (1792 – 1877) was erected in years 1827-1828. Originally, the place of the building housed austeria ( a tavern) at the Brest Route, in which in the times of Aleksandra Ogińska meals were given to the poor.

The Old Post-Office in Siedlce

The Old Post-Office in Siedlce


The Old Post in Siedlce

The Old Post in Siedlce

The post office is a two-storey building built on a rectangle plan. The building was given a distinctive look through a presently designed pediment. In 1979, a memorial plaque was attached to the wall. It was dedicated to the memory of the employees of the Siedlce post, who were killed by the Nazi invaders during World War II.

An evening view of the Old Post-Office, Siedlce

An evening view of the Old Post-Office, Siedlce


The historic building of the State Archives, Siedlce

The historic building of the State Archives, Siedlce


During a stroll downtown, Siedlce

During a stroll downtown, Siedlce


The City Hall, Independence Square, Siedlce

The City Hall, Independence Square, Siedlce


The remains of the old city entrance gate, Staroweyska Street, Siedlce

The remains of the old city entrance gate, Staroweyska Street, Siedlce


The oldest high school building dating back to 1844, Siedlce

The oldest high school building dating back to 1844, Siedlce


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There is another Classicist building designed by Antonio Corazzi in the city. It stands at 1 Stanisław Konarski Street. It was built in 1841-1844 and is the oldest high school building in Siedlce. Now, the building houses the IV High School named after Hetman S. Żółkiewski.

The Bishop's Curia in Pilsudski Street, Siedlce

The Bishop's Curia in Pilsudski Street, Siedlce

The building with a very richly decorated and characteristic pediment located at 62 Józef Piłsudski Street is currently the seat of the Bishop's Curia. It was designed by Julian Ankiewicz and built in the years 1872-1873 by Franciszek Modrzewski as the seat of the Land Credit Society.

Siedlce Diocese Curia

Siedlce Diocese Curia


The bas-relief on the pediment of Siedlce Diocese Curia

The bas-relief on the pediment of Siedlce Diocese Curia

Today, you can see the beautiful bas-relief placed in a triangular pediment. It depicts two working farmers and a woman with a sheaf of grain in her left hand and what seems to be a sickle in her right hand. The woman must be the goddess of fertility. This bas-relief reminds us of the original purpose of the building. On the western wall of the building there is a decorative entrance gate to the courtyard of the Curia.

Siedlce Diocese Office

Siedlce Diocese Office

The entrance to the old city prison (still functioning) is another classicist building with an emellished pedoments containing nice-lookig bas-reliefs. In the center of the pediment, you can see the figure of Themis, goddess of law and justice - “Lady Justice” - with a sword in her right hand and scales of justice in her left hand, which is a rare depiction since we are used to seeing this goddess only with her scales of justice. There are two assistants on both sides of Themis, one of whom is sitting and observing the goddess, leaning on the figure of a guarding lion, and another one (on goddess' left) is keeping a record.

The sculptures on the pediment of the old city prison, Siedlce

The sculptures on the pediment of the old city prison, Siedlce


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The building of the former palace theater (1788), Siedlce

The building of the former palace theater (1788), Siedlce


Former palace theater building, 1788, Siedlce

Former palace theater building, 1788, Siedlce


Everobody seems to like the swans bas-relief attached to the building of the former palace theater (1788), Siedlce

Everobody seems to like the swans bas-relief attached to the building of the former palace theater (1788), Siedlce


The Classisist style building at 6 Bishop Ignacius Świrski Street, that belongs to the city administration now, was designed by Italian architect Antonio Corazzi. It was initially a coach station belonging to Aleksandra Ogińska. In 1788, it became the seat of the Siedlce theater. It was a branch of Hetman Ogiński's court theater (he was the husband of Aleksandra Ogińska).

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Walking along Hunters Street, Siedlce
The 1882 building in Aslanowicz Street, Siedlce

The 1882 building in Aslanowicz Street, Siedlce


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An old house in the 3rd of May Street.
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A classicist building and an old tree in Krotka Street.
A mansion from the thirties, Siedlce

A mansion from the thirties, Siedlce


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The modern Janusz Hotel caught our eyes as well.
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Posted by Vic_IV 06:15 Archived in Poland Tagged masovia mazovia siedlce oginski

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Quite a wide variety of architectural styles. Looks like a very pleasant place to live or visit.

by irenevt

Irene, mostly we see here sampels of Classicism era. It's great they have survived. In our country, most of them were blown up by the Comms long ago...

by Vic_IV

I like the Yatsek statue! Did you know to look for it there or just happend to spot it? Tbh, I don't know if I would have seen it if I wouldn't know where to look!

by hennaonthetrek

Well, this symbol is everywhere, and, yes, we have read about it before and have seen its pictures...

by Vic_IV

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