1. Pałac Górków dominował nad kamienicami mieszczan. Fot. Jarosław Tritt.
1. Pałac Górków dominował nad kamienicami mieszczan. Fot. Jarosław Tritt.
1. Pałac Górków dominował nad kamienicami mieszczan. Fot. Jarosław Tritt.
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The city’s history includes the stories of families and remarkable people who worked hard at their personal improvement and advancement. Successive generations of Wielkopolska’s Górka family, for example, included bishops, royal officials, diplomats and patrons of art. Their success was symbolised by the palace erected in the 16th century by the Wielkopolska Governor Łukasz Górka and his brother Andrzej, the Starost General of Wielkopolska. According to records, the top floor of the building housed a fish pond (!). Traces of the family’s affluence and the magnificence of its residence are richly decorated portal sculptures depicting a cornucopia. The portal led to a splendid Renaissance courtyard (on Klasztorna Street). The palace in Poznań was the family’s main residence. The Górkas, who were one of Poland’s most powerful magnate families in the 16th century, owned other residences in the capital city of Kraków as well as in Lviv (Lwów).

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