Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Fryderyk Chopin and Chopin's places in Warsaw

Sharing this music clip via YouTube.
I do not own it.

Beautiful, isn't it?
Fryderyk Chopin, Polish composer and pianist (1810-1849) was born in Żelazowa Wola, Poland.
His music is known all over the world and has been an inspiration to many musicians.
If you are interested, a detailed biography of Fryderyk Chopin can be found here.
Cyprian Kamil Norwid, great Polish poet said about Chopin:
"He was a Varsovian by birth, a Pole by heart and a citizen of the world by his talent..."

Chopin's places worth visiting, if you are in Warsaw:

- Żelazowa Wola

Place of birth of Fryderyk Chopin. Today, it serves as a museum devoted to Fryderyk Chopin. It's surrounded by a beautiful park with Chopin's monument. During the summer time visitors can listen to Chopin's concerts played by musicians from all over the world.
Żelazowa Wola is located 50 km from Warsaw and it takes approximately an hour to get there by car or bus.

- Fryderyk Chopin's monument at the Łazienki Park in Warsaw
(Main entrance from Ujazdowskie Avenue)

Łazienki Park - the largest park in Warsaw is an attraction itself. There are many beautiful, historic buildings located at the Łazienki Park with its biggest attraction Palace on the Water, a residence of  the Polish King Stanisław August Poniatowski.
Great architecture and nature beauty create amazing scenery of the Łazienki Park.
You will see peacocks walking around and proudly displaying their feathers, waiting to be photographed. You will see squirrels with red tails coming up close to the visitors and eating nuts straight from their hands. :)))
And there is Chopin's monument, that attracts tourists and local people...
Its beautiful design by Polish artist Wacław Szymanowski is only one of the reasons.
There are also Chopin's Concerts that take place right next to the monument every year. Famous artists play Chopin's music every Sunday afternoon (noon until 4 p.m.), from May until September.
Beautiful music, gorgeous scenery and what's best, these concerts are free to the public! A MUST-SEE!!!
A 1:1 replica of the Chopin's monument is located in Hamamatsu, Japan.

- Kościół św. Krzyża - Holy Cross Church in Warsaw
(Krakowskie Przedmieście Street)

Fryderyk Chopin died in Paris, France, where he was buried at the Père-Lachaise cemetery.
His sister Ludwika fulfilled his last will and brought his heart to Poland.
Fryderyk Chopin's heart was placed in an urn and installed in one of the pillars of the Holy Cross Church in Warsaw.

- Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw
(Ostrogski Palace, Okólnik Street)

Information about the museum and exhibitions can be found on the museum's web site here.

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