Obsevatory Case: Potocki Palace, Radzyń Podlaski
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The Potocki Palace is a Rococo residence, the main tourist attraction in a county town called Radzyń Podlaski in Eastern Poland. The 15th-century fortress was re-designed as a Baroque residence, which received its present Rococo shape in the mid-18th century on the model of Louis XIV’s Versailles, surrounded by a large park with artificial lakes. In addition to the architectural and artistic values, the complex played an important role in the historical events of the following centuries as a social and intellectual center of the region, until it was burnt down by the withdrawing German forces in 1944. The exterior appearance of the palace was restored in the following decades.In 2015, Radzyń City Hall received the palace from the Polish state. The fist renovation works after the handover begun in 2017. The municipality aims to transform the palace into a cultural facility to integrate the local community, attract tourists, and boost the cultural and social life of the town and surrounding areas. Obtaining funds to execute a feasible and sustainable management plan which can bolster the revitalization of the complex, remains a challenge. One key question to solve is to find an appropriate financing and maintenance model.
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