What would Chopin’s last moments in Warsaw have been had he known that he would never walk the streets of the city again? This question will forever remain unanswered. What we do know is that his journey to Vienna began near the Wessel Palace, which housed a postal office dispatching mail coaches.
Fryderyk was bidden farewell by his friends and Professor Józef Elsner, who sang the Born in the Polish Land cantata, composed especially for the occasion. The Kurier Warszawski daily reported on the whole event.
Construction of the late-baroque Wessel Palace was completed in themid-18th century. Destroyed during the 1944 Warsaw Rising, the palace was reconstructed after the war.
Today it houses the Appellate Prosecutor’s offices.