The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth of the time combined the countries of Poland and Lithuania. And it was one of the largest European territories of the 16th and 17th centuries both in terms of landmass and population. The state’s diverse populace numbered 11 million across 400,000 square miles.
And as hetman, Koniecpolski himself owned portions of the country. Entire districts were in his possession, in fact, as were more than 300 settlements and many thousands of households. He even boasted his own army and supported the creation of Warsaw’s Koniecpolski Palace – the Polish president’s formal seat.
As Koniecpolski noted in his memoirs, he was in need of a dwelling that offered peace and relaxation. But although Pidhirtsi Castle now arguably stands in a perpetual state of tranquillity, history tells a different story. In fact, it’s perhaps incredible that the structure is still standing.