- December 27, 2013
Z. Palewicz says: “The academic society will return to Jašiūnai.”
As the administrative deputy director of the Šalčininkai District Municipality – Józef Rybak informed us, the second phase of the renovation of the Balińskich Palace in Jašiūnai is starting.
The renovation process of the Jašiūnai Palace began this year. For the European funds and Šalčininkai District Municipality’s money during the next two years the façade and the interior of the palace is to be renovated. The palace garden will also be reconstructed.
The Balińskich Palace in Jašiūnai is a late neoclassical building, erected in 1828. In 1811 Ignacy Baliński – a historian, the author of “Starożytna Polska”, and the founder of “Tygodnik Wileński” bought the estate in Jašiūnai from the Radziwiłł family.
In 1820 his son, Michał Baliński married Zofia Śniadecka, a daughter of professor Jędrzej Śniadecki and a niece of a retired rector of Vilnius University, professor Jan Śniadecki.
Since then Jašiūnai became one of the centres of Polish scientific and cultural thought. It was visited by people such as: Stanisław Jundziłł, Tomasz Zan, Adam Mickiewicz, Antoni Edward Odyniec, Paweł Brzostowski, Wawrzyniec Puttkamer and Juliusz Słowacki who in Jašiūnai suffered from an unreciprocated love for Ludwika Śniadecka, Zofia Balińska’s sister.
In two years’ time the palace is supposed to become a tourist centre with conference and exhibition halls. The Municipality’s authorities signed a cooperation contract with the Vilnius University. As the district’s mayor, Zdzisław Palewicz says: “The academic society will return to Jašiūnai.”
Tłumaczenie by Kinga Zinser w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Kinga Zinser within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.