Presidential Palace (former Radziwiłł Palace)

How astonished the audience gathered at the Radziwiłł Palace must have been on February 24th 1818 when an eight-year-old boy debuted with a marvellous piano concert. It was the young Fryderyk Chopin whose performance was so enthusiastically received, and piqued the interest of the Warsaw press. Fryderyk was invited back for further performances.

The Radziwiłł Palace was built in the 17th century. It is now the main residence of the President of the Republic of Poland – hence its current name. As in Chopin’s times, four stone lions guard the entrance to the courtyard. In 1965, a monument to Duke Józef Poniatowski was erected in front of the building.