Assessing the Fragility of Spirit of Place at the Tsar’s Hunting Palace Garden in Bialowieza, Poland

Rycewicz-Borecki, Malgorzata (2008) Assessing the Fragility of Spirit of Place at the Tsar’s Hunting Palace Garden in Bialowieza, Poland. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

The people of Bialowieza, Poland live in a small agricultural village directly adjacent to the Tsar’s hunting palace garden, which is a site of extreme negative history. The Tsar’s garden serves as the visitor center for thousands of annual tourists visiting the Bia_owie_a National Park. This paper will assess the fragility of spirit of place at the Tsar’s hunting palace garden in Bia_owie_a, Poland as a consequence of global design, war, abandonment, new (historically and culturally insensitive) technology, and touristification. These threats have resulted in a dynamic loss of tangible and intangible elements which would otherwise add meaning, value and emotion. The loss of historic buildings and paths, changes in site layout, and the introduction of inappropriately designed structures represent many of the tangible consequences of these threats. Intangible consequences include an unexploited potential to represent the local meaning; to act as an area for recreational opportunities within the community; and to recognize the historic and cultural value of preserving the garden for future generations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Rycewicz-Borecki, Malgorzata
Languages: English
Keywords: historic garden; palace; spirit of place; heritage at risk; abandonment; tourism
Subjects: H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 10. Historic gardens
I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 04. Sustainable tourism
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
G.DETERIORATION > 02. Causes of deterioration
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Tsar’s Hunting Palace Garden, Bialowieza, Poland
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2010 14:46
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:13
References: Cio_ek, G. 1978. Ogrody polskie (Gardens of Poland). Revised edition of the 1954 publication under the same title, updated and expanded by Janusz Bogdanowski. Warszawa: Arkady

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