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Waplewo

Waplewo, near Sztum, Sierakowskis’ manor house

Waplewo, near Sztum, manor house of the Sierakowski family, 19th c. (original in the library of the former Ossoliński Institute in Lviv); illustration from A. Bukowski, Pomorskie Wojaże Chopina [Chopin’s travels in Pomerania] (Gdańsk, 1993).

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Waplewo, which at the beginning of the nineteenth century was certainly one of the most beautiful estates in the region, was one of the planned stops on Chopin’s travels around the region with Count Zboiński. Chopin’s host, Antoni Sierakowski, was a descendent of Wacław Sierakowski, the well-known Cracow man of letters, musician and theorist. At Waplewo, near Sztum, the Sierakowskis created an ‘oasis’, assuring themselves and their talented guests of the best possible conditions for the cultivation of their art. Music was the host’s great passion, and he undoubtedly had in his possession a good keyboard instrument, as well as a rich library. The palace, built in the first half of the seventeenth century, was surrounded by an extensive regular garden with sculptures and bowers, whilst the interior was adorned by authentic works of art and sculpture. According to numerous accounts, Antoni Sierakowski and his wife, Antonina, née Zboińska, hosted Chopin for several days on his way to or from Gdańsk.