Saxon Palace

As a young boy, Fryderyk lived with his family in the right wing of the Saxon Palace for a few years, probably on the second floor. The palace housed the Warsaw Lyceum at the time; the school employed Chopin’s father as a French language teacher, and offered him staff quarters. The Chopins ran a school for boys there – an establishment of excellent repute. From a very young age, Fryderyk listened to his father’s pupils and his sister Ludwika play the piano. He made his own first attempts.

The Chopins lived at the Saxon Palace until 1817. They left following the decision to move the Warsaw Lyceum to the Kazimierzowski Palace.

The Saxon Palace was a major attraction in pre-war Warsaw. Regrettably, it was completely destroyed during World War Two, the only remnants being parts of the colonnade. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was placed beneath the remaining columns. The entire palace can be viewed as a 3D model available in Augmented Reality. Use your tablet or smartphone to see what the Saxon Palace looked like in Chopin’s times!