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Wojciech Brzezowski
History of Leśnica palace

    The duke's court in Lcśnica, which originally was presumably a wooden structure surrounded by wooden and earth fortifications, existed already in the 12th century. In 120 I died here duke Boles1aus the Tall. His son, Henry the Bearded, 'transformed the wooden house into a brick and stone curia, mentioned in the documents in the first half of the 13th century. From the end of the 13th century the court belonged to the rich burgher families, and after 1420 was rebuilt by Michael Banke into a castle, which in 1610 gained modern fortifications with rondelles (the forerunners of bastions). In 1732 the castle had been bought by Wrocław convent of Crusaders with the Red Star and converted into a magnificent baroque residence. Baron Friedrich von Mudrach, who bought the palace in 1752, had finished the transformation of the buiJding. At the same time the so called Friedrich Hall was arranged, named so to honour the Prussian ruler Friedrich II, who visited the palace several times. The hall belonged to the best late baroque interiors in Silesia, and was a masterpiece of artists connected with the Berlin court.
    In 1808 the palace was the quarters of Jerome Bonaparte and marshall Edouard Mortier, and in 1813 stayed here marshal Michel Ney. After 1836 the palace was the possession of count Friedrich von Wylich und Lottum, and then it belonged to his successors. In  1837 the decorations of several interior rooms were transformed. The most interesting was a dining hall, with the paintings (frescoes) on the walls showing the views of Wrocław, painted by Heinrich Boshard.
    After 1945 the interior of the palace had been devastated, and the whole building was devoured by the fire in 1953. The rebuilding in the sixties blurred the historic aura of the interior, succeeding only in recon­struction of the exterior form