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History

The palace in Kopice was constructed for countess Joanna and count Hans von Schaffgotsch. The shape of the building was created as a reconstruction and enlargement of the older classicist mention which was designed by the Opole architect, Jan Rudolpf. It was a three – storey palace on a rectangular plan with a compact symmetrical block. A design of the “new palace” in a neo-Gothic style was created by the Wrocław architect Carl Ludecke and the construction master from Kopice, Konstanty Heidenreich. After the extension of the palace (which was made in three steps since 1864), the “old palace” became the main part of the new building.
Finally, the palace was created as a letter “L” projection on the plan. The old part of the building kept height of three storeys but with the addition of representative entrances as avant–corpses with porticos at the western and eastern sides.

They were exquisitely ornamented triangle tops. The palace height dominants were two quadrangular towers. The first stage of the extension was the southern tower. Originally, it had got a tall roof cupola on the enlarged octagon plan. The second, the shorter northern tower was constructed directly next to the water canal. It is connected by a roof sash with the entrance gate with a high pyramid roof cupola. The main part of the building is three-track shape. There was a two storey vestibule in the middle of it. There were two opposite staircases there. The eastern part hosted the stellar vault dining-room. The southern part was the single-nave chapel of Sacred Heart of Jesus. Its interior was neo-Gothic with the cross-ribbed vault. The presbytery was closed with the tripartited apse. Above the church porch, there was the organ matroneum. The octagonal bell tower with the sun clock was located the south-western corner. The inside of the chapel was illuminated by high tracery ogival windows, originally with stained glass.

The walls of the chapel were protected by counterforts with pinnacles. The entrance to the chapel was decorated with donkey ridge arc. Next to the ceiling, there was a sculpture of Archangel Michael.
A so-called knight’s hall, the representative chamber of the palace, was situated in the middle of two-storey wing. It was illuminated by the skylight. The hothouse and rose garden were located in the eastern part of the same wing. The second of the representative chambers was (so-called Green Chamber) situated in the main part, in its north-eastern section. The chamber got a very rich stucco décor of the walls and ceiling.
The outside walls are plastered and smooth. Some parts are rusticated, originally with elaborated molding, uglas and sculptures by Carl Kern from Wrocław. Stucco decorations are also located on the first floor plaster in the western side. Some of them are ceramic in the red-brick colour.

Plaster walls were decorated with open-work parapets with a four-leave motive. Such ornaments were also used to top the handrails, terraces and balconies off.
The palace was covered with high multi-hipped roofs. The main part was covered with symmetrical four-hipped roof while the northern wing existed with the two-hipped roof topped with stepped gables. Ornamented metal crests were located on the highest ridges. The roof of the main building had also four small lucarnas which forms referred to the roof tops of the porticos. Two smaller lucarnas were situated on the eastern side next to the chapel.