The Palace metamorphosis

1000 years of the history of the family

The history of the Komierowski family, the Pomian of Komierowo coat of arms, goes back to the times of Czech knight Sobiesław Bossuta, recognized as the protoplast of the family. According to the family chronicle he was the member of Czech princess DDoubravka of Bohemia entourage, the wife of the Polish Prince Mieszko I.

Benefiting from his merits for the prince, he received a bounty in the form of broad lands in Pomerania, nowadays known as Komierowo and Włościbórz. Since that time the Komierowski family had lived in Komierowo for almost thousand years. The knight Bossuta’s descendants have taken their name of the place they lived in. Thus, Komierowo was made a main residence of the family, which as one of two oldest families in Poland remained in the possession of one family almost ten centuries.

As next centuries passed the Komierowskis of Komierowo gradually extended their properties and political influences reaching far beyond boundaries of their main residence. In 1763 Franciszek Komierowski divided the huge estate, giving impulse to further split of the family into Pomeranian and Mazovian branches.

The Kościuszko Uprising, elections of king Augustus II, king Stanisław I Leszczyński, king Stanisław August Poniatowski, the November Uprising… all these important Polish history events are strictly connected with representatives of the Komierowski family and indirectly with the Komierowo Palace itself.

In the 19th century the name of Komierowski family has been made famous by Roman, the Lord on Komierowo and Nieżychowice. The Polish lawyer, politician, Reichstag and Prussia MP, secret chamberlain of the Pope Leo XIII, he was decorated with the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta and sealed the role of the family in the history of our country.

In the first half of 20th century, when Tomasz Komierowski performed the role of the Family head, the palace estate spread on almost 1300 ha of land. After the reconstruction in late 30-ties the palace became home of Tomasz Komierowski and Róża Zamoyska.

The Komierowski family lost the property during the II World War. The raging war conflagration, sparked off by the government of the Third Reich, violently ceased the centuries-long domination of the Komierowski family in Komierowo. The palace and adjoining facilities performed then the role of temporary camp for Poles interned by Germans. All the precious palace equipment was removed by the occupants. The palace library, estate files, family portraits collection dating back to the 15th century, all was irretrievably gone.

The last representative of Pomeranian family branch – Andrzej Komierowski – died in 1994 without leaving descendants. His history is displayed i.e. on the internet page www.komierowscy.pl – due to the engagement of J. Iwaszkiewicz City Library in Sępólno Krajeńskie. The crumbling palace, the sanctuary of hundreds of years of tradition and history, returned to the Komierowski Family in 1997. Teen years later it opened for all those who look for refreshing moments away from the daily noise of the 21st century.