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Princess Izabela Czartoryska    1746 - 1835
1746

Birth of Countess Izabela Fleming, a rich heiress.

1761

Wedding to Prince Adam Kazimierz Czartoryski, they have 2 boys and 3 girls.

1772

In Paris she meets Benjamin Franklin, J.J. Rousseau and Voltaire, who bring at the time new ideas to the old order.

1775

Transforms the Czartoryski Palace at Pulawy, into an intellectual and political meeting place.

1784

Joins "The Patriotic Party"

1794

Warsaw insurrection

1795

Catherine of Russia takes 2 boys to St. Petersburg, as political hostages.

1796

Rebuilds the ruined Palace of Pulawy, and starts the Museum. First objects are Turkish trophies from the siege of Vienna in 1683. Also historical objects, from Polish families and royal treasures.

1797

Builds Temple of Sibyl in Pulawy by architect Aigner her Motto "The past to the Future".

1798

Prince Adam Jerzy, acquires in Italy Leonardo da Vinci "Lady with an Ermine" and portrait of "A Young Man" by Raphael the latter one, property of the Giustiniani Family.

1801

Opens her first museum called "The Gothic House" or "The Temple of Memory". It contains, objects with sentimental significance on the glories and miseries of human life.

1805

Two granite lions, donated by the Tsar Alexander I after his visit to Pulawy, still at the entrance of the Temple of Sybil.

1830

Polish insurrection. Princess Izabela evacuates all the objects and leaves for country property Sieniawa, 160 kilometers north east of Krakow.

1835

Dies in Sieniawa, buried in the family crypt.