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Organisers:

Aerial Archaeology Research 
Group (AARG)

European Association of Remote 
Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL)
 

Hosted by:

Institute of Prehistory, Adam 
Mickiewicz University, Poznań
 

Conference Organising Committee:


 
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 The conference dinner at the manor house in Będlewo
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23rd September
19:00 departure from Adam Mickiewicz Square
23:00 return to Poznań
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Będlewo is a village 24 km south-west of Poznań, located on the border of the Wielkopolska National Park. It is of medieval origins - first mentions were recorded in 12th century when it belonged to the Łodzia family. 

The manor house in Będlewo is an example of a moderately rich gentry's country house. Since the 17th century the village became a property of the Potocki family, one of the most powerful aristocratic families in The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. However, its Wielkopolska branch was rather modest. At its best time in 19th century the entire estate consisted of seven villages and Bolesław Potocki, its most successful owner, also established a bank in Poznań.

The house was built by Bolesław Potocki around 1866 in Neo-Gothic English style (architect unknown), replacing an earlier structure. It is surrounded by an extensive parkland, also in an English style, which gradually merges into a forest park. The parkland includes two ponds, one with an island and a romantic grotto and is also decorated with a marble fountain.

The manor house went through several phases of destruction, neglect and renovation. During WWII it was occupied by Nazis who destroyed furnishings and a collection of Polish kings' portraits. Its condition was further worsened by the ownership of the socialist state. Some renovation works started towards the end of 1970s and are still continuing.

Like so many other manor houses and palaces, it has its own legend of a ghost haunting the place, the so called "Black Lady". This legend is rooted in a family scandal with a tragic end since a beautiful daughter of the owner had an affair with his grandson from the first marriage. Both lovers were shot dead by a jealous husband who nonetheless was acquitted on murder counts. 

The conference dinner will be held in the Knight's Room whose walls display a partly preserved Potocki’s coat of arms.
 
 
 
 

 

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