Selection of the site of the monument to Jan Zamojski

Tracing the process of building a palace and garden on the site of the former seat of the Zamojski family, the process of planning and building the entire city from scratch on the so-called. the raw root as well as the construction of fortifications surrounding this residential and municipal system proves, the great professionalism of the architect and builder Bernardo Morando, and the great organizational sense of the city's founder, Jan Zamojski. The creation of such an organism, which impresses even today with its spatial arrangement, building architecture and even architectural details speaks of a great sense of space, landscape and aesthetic of a Pole and an Italian.

Using the language of modern science, you can say, that all the creators of the city of arcades were specialists in the field of spatial development and spatial planning. Not only did they bring to life the urban socio-economic structure (multinational), but everything was precisely linked and set in the field. Because, respecting the tradition of the place and the values ​​of the cultural landscape of Zamość, we have to remember, that all new investments, is it the surface type, whether they are of a linear type and point structures, they must fit perfectly into the spatial structure of the city. Negative dominants cannot be located there.

Jan Zamojski, chief, politician, patron of culture, arts and sciences, an excellent host and organizer deserved, that his monument should be erected in Zamość. Please express your satisfaction, that after many years of efforts, the idea of ​​the monument was realized in 2005 year, in the Year of Zamość – celebrated on the four hundredth anniversary of the death of the Grand Chancellor and Hetman. Monumental equestrian statue of Jan Zamojski, by Marian Konieczny, it is a very successful work and it is absolutely an example of a positive dominant.

Unfortunately, the choice of the place of its location was made by chance, without any logical rationale. Can be seen, that neither the architectural services, nor the conservation services, nor have the municipal authorities done anything about it. Perhaps this is a conclusion that goes too far, but there was no person, who would appreciate the value of the space around the palace. Nobody predicted, that the entire palace complex–garden in Zamość will be revitalized and then the monument to Zamojski should be an integral part of this space.

As you can see, the monument does not stand on the palace axis, nor on the city axis. Additionally, he was "thrown" outside the courtyard of honor.

You also need to consider, what functions should the palace itself perform after the reconstruction. Seems, that two would be most appropriate: museum and gallery (exhibition) and conference and concert events. Therefore, the communication system in front of the palace would be important. On this account, the choice of the site for the monument should also be considered. For example, it would not have to be the central dominant of the square, if a water element in the form of a fountain or a system of fountains was introduced into its space. Please note, that there is information in the source materials, that the designer of such a fountain was to be Santi Gucci himself.

Finally, a question can be asked, whether it was worth carrying out these considerations and analyzes of the descriptive materials, iconographic and cartographic on an in fact so trivial problem, where the monument should stand: or on the city axis, whether on the axis of the palace and why it was placed behind the exposed relics of the gates of the palace fence and not in the center of the honorary courtyard? Well, from a scientific point of view, there can be only one answer, it was worth it. Any space: urban or rural, historical or contemporary, open or closed, with outstanding landscape values ​​or neglected, it is valuable from the point of view of spatial planning, spatial planning and landscape architecture. Therefore, when carrying out various investments, a question should always be asked, will man-made works enrich and improve the value of the landscape or destroy it. shame, that in the described case the location of the monument to Jan Zamojski, such questions were not asked at the design stage.