In Chopin’s times, aristocratic salons where artistic life flourished served as the clubs and cafes of later years. The Blue Palace owned by the Zamoyski family housed the most eminent salon of them all, visited by all the best-known representatives of artistic and political circles. Chopin gave many performances there.
The Blue Palace was built in the 17th century. It was named after the colour of its roofing. In Chopin’s times, many eminent intellectuals stayed at the palace, which was why it was also referred to as “the Polish Athens”.