The Oliwa Park
The beginnings of establishing a great park in Oliwa, should be connected with Cistercians, who, in a direct neighbourhood ofmonastery, established vegetable and herbal garden. A big bloom of the park occurred thanks to Jacek Rybiński – the last abbot of Oliwa congregation. He brought to Oliwa a prominent master of garden art – Kazimierz Dębiński. Dębiński designed a famous garden of Izabella Czartoryska-Lubomirska in Wilanów. The gardener perfectly met the requirements and it reflects in today’s walk along beautiful lanes of French part of garden. Oliwa Park charms with its beautiful, with less or more regular shapes, nature. A rich plant cover attracts also by big flock of wild ducks, swans and ubiquitous squirrels. Except from a great nature, Oliwa garden also offers to its tourists other attractions. It is worth to mention the Abbot Palace, being a precious monument of architecture of 18th century. The building was erected in 18th century on the initiative of the abbot Jacek Rybiński. An interesting residence survived with a difficulty 19th century, to be burnt at the end of WWII. Reconstructed at the beginning of 1960s, the palace is currently the seat of Modern Art Department of National Museum in Gdańsk. Walking along charming park’s lanes, the attention should be paid to numerous sculptures. In 1955, on 100 anniversary, the bust of Adam Mickiewicz was placed. The whole park establishment took its name from the name of poet. The attention should also be paid to the so called whisper cave (in other words “Dionisos ears”), which as a remainder of a baroque garden equipment from 18th century, surprise with a great acoustics, thanks to which the persons being in two opposite caves can whisper to each other.
Date of publication: 26.06.2008 12:16
The last modification: 04.10.2010 08:42