Who was Izabela Branicka?
Izabela (of house Poniatowski) Branicka (1730-1808), Great Crown Hetman’s wife, royal sister, almost 60 years so almost her entire life had she tied to Podlachia Versailes. Without her own will she was brought into political intrigues of political camp so called “Familia” Czartoryski and the enlightenment age conventions. She lasted by her older by over 40 years husband – Jan Klemens Branicki’s side fighting for humane, inalienable right for happiness and love. Her comprehensive actions for citizens of Białystok and surroundings, included education and culture are worth remembering. Izabela dedicated a lot of attention to development of Białystok healing facilities. She cared spiritualy and finacialy for the hospital led by Sisters of Mercy. She brought many court doctors, who cared not only about hetman wife’s health and her closest ones but also all inhabitants of Białystok facilities. One of the most famous ones was Jakub Feliks Michelis, founder of Obstetrics in Białystok, initiator of many vaccination actions against smallpox.