Archaeologists during the excavations of the 17th-century Saxon palace in Poland, destroyed during the Nazi invasion in World War II, discovered a 45-meter tunnel under the ruins of the old palace. About this narrates Ancient origins.
The representative of the Pałac Saski company Slawomir Kulinsky explained that the tunnel does not fit into any of the configurations or the architectural plan that they had, and therefore is a complete surprise. He suggests that it was probably built in the early 1930s for military intelligence. Digging through the debris that covered the passage, they discovered coins, jewelry, and pieces of pottery.
The brick for the tunnel was obtained from Wawrzyna brick material, as indicated by the company marks on the brick. In addition, an unknown builder stamped 1933 with an eagle without his crown on the newly applied plaster.
The tunnel stretches to the basements in the southern part of the Saxon Palace. These cellars first served as barns, and in the interwar period they played a decisive role, as messengers rushed to deliver military intelligence reports to the generals. The tunnels were equipped with a telegraph cable, a heating system and water supply.
According to the State Archives in Warsaw, the origin of the Saxon Palace dates back to the 1660s, when it was originally built as a private residence of Stanisław Herakliusz Lubomirski, a Polish nobleman.
In the 18th century, the palace was acquired by the Saxon Elector August II the Strong, who ego as his royal residence in Warsaw. It was at this time that the palace became associated with the Saxon name.
For a short time it served as the headquarters of the Russian Imperial Army in the first half of the 19th century.
The Saxon Palace was destroyed during the Second World War, when the German-fascist forces, which occupied Poland at the time, deliberately destroyed the building in 1944, shortly after the Warsaw Uprising's attempt to overthrow the occupation failed.
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