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Portrait of a mother of Frederic Chopin. Tekla Justyna Krzyżanowska. Poor noblewoman from youth took care of Skarbek family home, where she met her husband, French tutor. Tekla Justyna played piano and sang, while her husband played violin and flute. According to biographers, she was cordial, warm and attentive. She epitomized modesty and gentleness. Her favorite melody was song about Laura and Philo - lovers who meet secretly at night. The melody went through the development of Frederic Chopin in the form of Fantasy in A major, Op. 13 for piano and orchestra.
Portrait of a father of Frederic Chopin. Nicolas Chopin. He grew up in a poor family of French peasants in Lorraine. The owner of nearby assets - Pole, educated him, and took to Poland. Nicolas began working as a tutor and teacher of the French language. At that time, Europe was flooded by aristocrats fleeing from revolutionary France and in most Polish homes fashionable was having your own aristocrat. Since Nicolas was not a well-born - the fact that he worked as the tutor in rich families reflects well on his education and refinement. Professor Nicolas Chopin was preserved in the memory of his pupils as a man of strict moral principles but fair and diligent. He enjoyed great respect among Warsaw elite. His reputation grew thanks to the talent of his son. Nicolas remember what effort parents put in his upbringing, and that this was associated with separation. That's way he adopted a similar principle to Frederick. He tried very to win a government scholarship for his study music in France. He carefully organized trip. He constantly corresponded with his son by giving him not only advice, but also helping materially. The marriage of Tekla Justyna and Nicolas Chopin was sustained and successful. They happily lived together for 38 years.
Żelazowa Wola. Chopin Monument. In Warsaw - in Łazienki Park, in 76 acres is only one monument of Chopin. However, in the park in Żelazowa Wola in 4 acres located 5 Chopin monuments. This means that approximately every 80 meters we trip over the obelisk. From the oldest (nineteenth century), founded by in love with the music of Chopin - a Russian, also a pianist. And then you have to watch out for sandstone bust of the composer put on the occasion of 119 anniversary of his death. Acknowledging the 120 anniversary of his death is as important as the 119 - erected another monument of bronze. After several years Germans reminded about the museum. During the war, they stole all exhibits, paintings and piano - but instead of that, they founded in 1984 a bronze bust. A few years later, in another impulse of lofty feelings - the inhabitants of Munich, gave the museum a wooden image of Chopin. This wooden statue was used to perform the proper monument cast in bronze in Germany. Typically, after created by the cast, wooden original is destroyed. This time Żelazowa Wola was endowed by it.
Brochów. The parish church of the Chopin family. Took place here the three important events for them. First, the composer's parents wedding - Nicolas with Tekla Justyna. Then the baptism of Frederick, and finally, much later, marriage of the composer's sister. The original parish registers with entries certifying these events are preserved to this day. The church erected from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century - is a rare example of a defensive sacred building. It was designed by Italian architect (responsible for the Barbican in Warsaw), looks like Italian churches, because of typical for them deployment of towers. At one end of the building there are two towers, and on the opposite end is only one. In Poland, such a solution is rare. About defense function of the church remind shooting windows in the walls and placed inside the building fireplaces for cooking food for the crew in case of siege.
Total Price (all tickets and fees included in the price):
The total duration of the tour: 4 hours.
Distance between Warsaw and Żelazowa Wola is 50 km / 31 miles.
Distance between Żelazowa Wola and Brochów is 12 km / 7 miles.
Approximate driving time one way: 1 hour.
Time of Żelazowa Wola Tour may vary slightly due to the situation on the road or random events which are out of Organizer's control.