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Patisserie Lourse

‘Ludwik Rembieliński is in Warsaw – Chopin wrote in a letter to Tytus Woyciechowski dated 4 September 1830 – I saw him at Lourse’s, where I got into a dispute with Ernemann about The Turk and Agnese, about the Italian and the Pole. Soliva continues to direct the operas in which his young ladies appeared, gradually you will see that he is saddling Kurpiński, he already has one foot in the stirrup, and a courageous, moustachioed cavalryman is helping him up. He also has Osiński on his side.’

‘At Lourse’s’ meant to be at one of Warsaw’s best known patisseries, founded at what is now ul. Miodowa 12 by the Swiss Wawrzyniec (Laurent) Lourse in 1821. The dispute referred to in the letter cited above between Chopin and Maurycy Ernemann concerned Carlo Soliva and Karol Kurpiński and the operas Il Turco in Italia by Rossini and Agnese by Ferdinando Paer. The Osiński referred to in the last sentence was Ludwik Osiński of the Junosza coat of arms. In 1814, Osiński had replaced his father-in-law, Wojciech Bogusławski, as director of the National Theatre. The position was later shared with others, including Ludwik Dmuszewski and – of all people – General Aleksander Rożniecki, who had commanded the secret services under Grand Duke Constantine a few years earlier, and whom Chopin dubbed ‘the moustachioed cavalryman' in his letter.

Lourse’s was famous for its gourmet ice cream and chocolate desserts. It was popular not only with Fryderyk, but also with Mikołaj Chopin, who loved to read the French newspapers available there. By all accounts, this modern and luxurious place was especially highly regarded by women. That was because the first gas lighting in Warsaw was installed here, subtly enhancing female beauty.

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Antonin Manors / Palaces / Castles
Antoni Brzezina’s bookshop Publishers / Bookshops
Apartment of Dominik Magnuszewski Flats
Apartment of Stefan Witwicki Flats
Apartment of the family of Alfons Brandt Flats
Augsburg Evangelical Church of the Holy Trinity Churches / Places of worship
Belvedere Appearances
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Brochów Churches / Places of worship
Brühl Palace Appearances
Buchholtz’s instrument store Other
Casimir Palace Flats
Chopin Monument in Łazienki Park Other
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Dal Trozzo bookshop Publishers / Bookshops
Duszniki Zdrój Hotels / Inns
Dziewanowski home Flats
Engraving studio of Fr Izydor Józef Cybulski and Antoni Płachecki Education
Franciszek Klukowski bookshop Publishers / Bookshops
Fryderyk Chopin Museum Other
Fryderyk Skarbek’s apartment Flats
Gdańsk Hotels / Inns
Gładkowskis' apartment Flats
Golub Other
Holy Cross Church Churches / Places of worship
Home of Jan Matuszyński Flats
‘Honoratka’ Coffeehouses
Jabłonowski Palace Manors / Palaces / Castles
Jan Böhm’s townhouse Flats
Kalisz Other
Kikół Manors / Palaces / Castles
Kolbergs' apartment Flats
Kowalewo Manors / Palaces / Castles
Kozłowo Manors / Palaces / Castles
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Ludwik Dmuszewski’s house Flats
Magnus's bookshop Publishers / Bookshops
Marceli Celiński’s apartment Flats
Maurycy Mochnacki’s home Flats
Miss Kicka's Salon in Lubomirski Palace Manors / Palaces / Castles
National Theatre Appearances
Obory Churches / Places of worship
Obrowo Manors / Palaces / Castles
Ojców Other
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Patisserie Lourse Coffeehouses
Pieskowa Skała Other
Płock Other
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Powązki Cemeteries
Poznań Other
Presbytery of St Jadwiga (Hedwig) parish church in Milanówek Other
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Saxon Palace Flats
Saxon Post Office Other
Skating rink Other
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Wojciech Żywny’s apartment Flats
Wola Tollhouse Other
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Żelazowa Wola Flats
Żychlin Manors / Palaces / Castles