Park in Arkadia
Arkadia (place of natural splendor and harmony), located a few kilometres south-east of Łowicz, is one of the most famous Polish romantic gardens. It is untypically not attached to any of residences, but located a few kilometers from Nieborow, belonging to owners of Arkadia at the time of its creation.

The park in Arkadia was created in the period from 1778 till its completion in 1821. It was a life's work of Princess Helena Radziwill, who devoted many years of her life to create this beautiful garden.

There are many artificial structures and buildings, set into the pictoresque landscape. The most famous ones are:

High Priest's Sanctuary – built in 1783, in the form of artificial ruins, decorated with the use of many ancient, gothic and renaissance sculptures. The famous wall with hermans is located at south-east side of this building.

The Temple of Diana (1783-1785) situated at the lakeside, distinguishes itself by classic proportions. Over the entrance, ornamented by ionic pillars, there are engraved words by Francesco Petrarka: DOVE PACE TRAVAI D’OGNI MIA GUERRA (Where I found peace from all my troubles). The stairs lead from the temple to the pond, decorated at the lakeside by stone lion and sphinx.

Roman Aqueduct, originally built in 1784, destroyed by subsequent owners and only reconstruted in years 1951-52. It connects the river Skierniewka with the pond in Arkadia park.

Sybil’s Grotto was built in 1781 from field Glacial erratics. It presents the symbolic hearth of Arkadia.

Stone Arch, built around 1784, at present is attached to the Margrave's House (created later). It is the important element of the main view axis of the park.

Margrave's House was created around 1795 in referrence to the High Priest's Sanctuary's style. The quadrangular tower (additionally raised in XIX century) is the dominant element of this building.

The Gothic House was erect in the period of 1795-–1797 years in neo-gottic style. In year 1814 Princess Helena Radziwill changed it into the symbolic "Knight's home", devoted to her son Michał Gedeon, the general of Napoleon army by created there a collection of national memorabilia.

Ancient circus (1803) and Amphitheater (1804) were created in later period of the enlargement of Arkadia. At present only limited elements of this part of the park are remained.






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Grotto of Sybil
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