We have the pleasure of inviting you to a dinner in one of the most unique places in Warsaw – the Kubicki Arcades – which are a part of the Royal Castle in Warsaw. The history of this place goes back to the Middle Ages, when the Dukes of Mazovia decided to build their residence on the Warsaw escarpment, right by the Vistula riverbank. The Castle, which served not only as a royal residence, but also as the House of the Polish Parliament, was extended and refurbished by Polish Kings several times. During its lifetime the Castle witnessed many historical events. Destroyed completely during World War II, it was reconstructed and reopened in 1984.
Though an integral part of the Castle, The Kubicki Arcades is an independent construction with its own, interesting story. In the 17th century, in the place where the Arcades are situated today, a wall was built to protect the Castle from floods, as back then the waters of the Vistula river flowed right next to the building. However, soon this attractive spot was used to construct a river warehouse which was later on converted into two-storey lodgings for the King’s servants. At the beginning of the 19th century, Jakub Kubicki, a Polish architect, won a contest and designed a 200-metre long construction which supported the escarpment, connected the upper and lower Royal Gardens and covered a public street running along the foot of the Castle. Arches and arcades, simplicity and solid construction were Kubicki’s trademark. For over a century, the Arcades were used by the Army, while slowly falling into disrepair. In the 1990s, Stanisław Fiszer, an architect, received the demanding task of rethinking the whole concept of the Arcades which were to be exploited from now on as a modern event area. Stone, glass and steel were used to combine the past and the modern present, to extract the beauty of Kubicki’s creation and fulfil the requirements of the modern days.
In order to visit the Royal Castle in Warsaw, please note the opening hours for visitors:
|Monday – Wednesday
||10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
||10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
|Friday – Saturday
||10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
||11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (entry is free-of-charge)