The village of Turew (Kościan County and Administrative District) is best known for its 19th-century owner, Gen. Dezydery Chłapowski, one of the most prominent Wielkopolska residents of the day. Chłapowski was a Napoleonic soldier who took part in the November Uprising and later sat in the Revolutionary Sejm (parliament) and Prussian Herrenhaus (House of Lords). His wife, Antonina Grudzińska, was the sister of the wife of Grand Duke Constantine.
In Turew, the General focused his attention on farming and the model functioning of the estate. This included its baroque residence, which he had rebuilt in the neo-Gothic style, which was fashionable in the 1st half of the 19th century. The change was probably prompted by a desire to break away from 18th century tradition and his father’s lifestyle (e.g. replacing the family coats of arms on the pediment with a clock). The ground floor was made into rooms for Napoleonic war veterans and the General’s former comrades.
These changes have been partially erased by subsequent renovations. The neo-Gothic chapel built on to the eastern side elevation in 1846-1847, however, has been preserved. This is connected to the palace wing via a gated thoroughfare. The manor park has several memorial oaks, the largest of which is called “Dezydery”.
The palace now houses a testing station for the Agricultural and Forestry Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Organised groups can visit the palaces.
There is a permanent exhibition of old-time industrial machinery in front of the distillery opposite the palace.
Stacja Badawcza Instytutu Środowiska Rolniczego i Leśnego PAN w Turwi
ul. Szkolna 4, Turew
Tel. +48 65 513 42 53