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The Royal Łazienki Gardens are open daily, from dawn untill 7 p.m.
During this time, following objects are free to visit: Amphitheatre, Sybil Temple, Egyptian Temple, Waterwell Building and other pavilions and sculptures located in Royal Łazienki Gardens.

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Other buildings - Amphitheatre

Construction year: 1770
Designer/builder: Jan Christian Kamsetzer

The current amphitheatre in the Royal Łazienki, an example of a typical summer theatre, was constructed in 1790, in the place of an earlier earthen amphitheatre. Both constructions were designed by J. Ch. Kamsetzer on the orders of the king. It is worth mentioning that as early as in 1785,  a humble, three-row auditorium was in existence, from which  pantomimes staged on the holm, that is an island, were watched. The first amphitheatre designed by J. Ch. Kamsetzer in 1788 consisted of a two-storey auditorium covered with turf. Above it, there was a linen cloth roof, spread on high, wooden poles. Two years later it was replaced by a stone amphitheatre, which is preserved till the present day. The ground part, the one closer to the canal, is framed by two sculptures: the sculpture of a Dying Gladiator, and the sculpture of Dying Cleopatra (they previously adorned the terrace in front of the palace). The central element here is the royal box, which enabled passage to the water tract. The auditorium can house almost one thousand guests. The amphitheatre's attic is adorned, in compliance with the  king's wishes, with  sixteen sculptures of the most renowned world playwrights (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Shakespeare and Moliere among others), also including  Polish ones, such as Trembecki and Naruszewicz. The statues were made with the use of the coating technique by Tomasso Righi, according to designs by the king and Le Brun. During the inter-war period they were replaced with eight stone statues, which, however, are not copies of the previous ones. 

The stage, separated from the auditorium by water, which was an innovative and unusual solution, was decorated with classical ruins of the Corinthian order. The place for the orchestra was in front of the stage, in the canal. The design of the Amphitheatre was loosely based on the classical ruins in Herculaneum, while the stage was modelled on the Roman Forum and Palmyra. The ceremonial inauguration of the theatre i September 1791 was linked to the anniversary of the king's election. During the inauguration the historical ballet “Cleopatra” was staged with “ships” introduced into the action, which was depicted in drawings by Jan Piotr Norblin.

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