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Old April 25th, 2010, 09:44 PM   #61
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Old December 6th, 2010, 05:19 PM   #62
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The castle in Moszna is one of the best known monuments in the western part of Upper Silesia. The history of this building begins in the half of the 17th century, although old cellars were found in the gardens during excavations which were carried out at the beginning of the 20th century. Some of the investigators, including H. Barthel, claimed that those cellars could have been remnants of a presumed Templar castle, but their theory has never been proved true. After World War II, further excavations discovered a medieval palisad.
The central part of the castle is an old baroque palace which was partially destroyed by fire on the night of June 2, 1896 and was reconstructed in the same year in its original form by Franz Hubert von Tiele-Winckler (the son of Hubert von Tiele-Winckler). The reconstruction works involved an extension of the residence. The eastern Neogothic-styled wing of the building was built by 1900, along with an adjacent orangery. In 1912-1914, the western wing was built in the Neorenaissance style. It can be noticed, that the architectural form of the castle contains a wide variety of styles, thus it can be generally defined as eclectic. The height of the building, as well as its numerous turrets and spires, give the impression of verticalism. The whole castle has exactly ninety-nine turrets. Inside, it contains 365 rooms with a total floorage of 7,000 sq.m. and a cubic capacity of about 65,000 m3.[3] The castle was twice visited by the German Emperor Wilhelm II. His participation in hunting during stay at the castle was documented in a hand-written chronicle in 1911 as well as in the following year.

The castle in Moszna was the residence of a Prussian family Tiele-Winckler, who were industrial magnates, since 1866 until the spring of 1945 when they were made to move to Germany and the castle's premises were occupied by the Red Army. The period of the Soviet residence left the major destruction to the castle's internal fittings in comparison with the very little damage caused by the preceding war.

After the war, the castle did not have its permanent owner and would be the seat of various institutions, until 1972 when it became a that-time convalescent home and is nowadays a Public Health Care Centre for Therapies of Neuroses. It can still be seen by tourists, however. Additionally, the castle has a chapel which is also used as a concert hall. Since 1998 the building houses a gallery, in which works of various artists are presented at regular exhibitions.

Apart from the castle itself, the entire complex includes a park which has no precised boundaries and combines with the nearby fields, meadows and a forest. Only the park's main axis can be characterised as geometrical. Starting from the gate, it leads along the oak and then horse-chestnut avenues, towards the palace. Further on, the park passes into an avenue of lime trees with symmetrical canals running along both sides of the path, lined with a few varieties of rhododendrons. The axis of the park is ended in the base of a former monument of Hubert von Tiele Winckler. On the eastern side of the lime avenue there is a pond with an islet referred to by the owners as the Easter Island. The islet is planted with needle-leaved shrubs and can be reached through a Chinese-styled bridge. The garden, being a part of the whole park complex, was restored slightly earlier than the castle itself. The preserved documents of 1868 inform that the improvement in the garden's aesthetic quality was taken care of by Hubert von Tiele Wickle
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Old December 6th, 2010, 08:20 PM   #63
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your photography is amazing. thanks
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Old December 7th, 2010, 01:33 PM   #64
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Old January 26th, 2011, 04:21 PM   #65
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Gołuchów

The Goluchow Castle, originally a defence structure, was built for Rafal Leszczynski around 1650, to be turned into a stately magnate residence by Rafal's son, Waclaw, one of the Republic of Poland - Lithuania's most prominent citizens. Two and a half centuries later Izabela of the Czartoryskis Dzialynska, who then owned the Castle, had it restored in the style of the French Renaissance, as was then the fashion. The restoration, modelled on the chateaux on the Loire and, partly, on Italian palaces, was the work of the French architect Maurice August Ouradou, assisted by Zygmunt Gorgolewski, a Pole. French artists were employed to decorate the Castle walls and interiors, and many of the sculptures which adorn the courtyard to this day were brought from France and Italy. While nineteenth-century in appearance, the Castle has retained a number of earlier architectural traits and details, most notably the in its main part and in the gallery. And even though it was Izabela Dzialynska who gave the final shape to the building, it remains called the Leszczynskis Castle.

The Castle is surrounded by a landscape park established in the nineteenth century. The largest such park in the Wielkopolska region, it has oaks reaching five meters in perimeter. Visitors may also see a neo-Renaissance chapel - the Czartoryskis Mausoleum - and the Castle's outbuildings housing Poland's only Forestry Museum.











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Old February 5th, 2011, 06:11 PM   #67
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Amazing castle / hotel complex for such a small village!
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Koło castle ruins





Koło is a town on the Warta River in central Poland with 23,101 inhabitants. It is situated in the Greater Poland Voivodship.

Koło (Colo) was granted town status in 1362 by Polish King Casimir III. It was situated in a safe place near the royal castle, on the island in the branches of the Warta River; the town had no walls but only two gates. It was a royal city and the seat of a land county (starostwo niegrodowe).

In 1410 Koło was a gathering place of the Greater Poland nobility, which called for a war with the Teutonic Order. In 1452 the Royal Castle in Koło was the place of meeting between Polish King Casimir the Jagiellonian and the representatives of the Prussian Union.

Koło was destroyed twice, once in 1622 by the Lisowski forces, and in 1655 by the Swedes; the economy managed to revive only at the end of the 17th century.
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Tykocin castle

The Tykocin Royal Castle is a 15th century castle located on the right bank of the river Narew in Tykocin, Poland. It fell into ruin in the 18th century and its reconstruction began in 2002.

The castle was built in 1433 for the Lithuanian noble Jonas Goštautas, voivode of Trakai and Vilnius, replacing the original wooden fortress. In the 1560s, upon the death of the last member of the Goštautas family the castle became the property of king of Poland Sigismund II Augustus, who expanded it. The construction was supervised by Hiob Bretfus, military engineer and royal architect. During the reign of Sigismund Augustus the structure served as a royal residence with an impressive treasury and library as well as the main arsenal of the crown. In 1611-1632 the castle was rebuilt again and surrounded with bastion fortifications by Krzysztof Wiesiołowski, starosta of Tykocin.

During the Deluge in 1655 the Radziwiłł army occupied the castle. On december 31, 1655, when the castle was besieged by troops of the Tyszowce Confederation, Janusz Radziwiłł, one of the most powerful people in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth considered by some as the traitor, died here. Ultimately, the castle was captured on January 27, 1657.

In the following years the castle and surrounding lands were donated to Stefan Czarniecki in reward for his contribution in the war. The new owner rebuilt the castle after 1698. In November 1705 the meeting between the king Augustus II the Strong and Peter the Great took place here. During this meeting the Order of White Eagle was established by the King of Poland.

In 1734 the castle was destroyed by fire. Since that time, no inhabited building began to fall into disrepair. In 1771 remains of the castle were destroyed by flood and in 1914, during World War I, the material from the remaining walls was used by the German soldiers to build roads.

Based on the preserved plans of the fortress, found in the archives in Saint Petersburg, the residential part of the castle has been restored (west wing in the style of late Gothic). The original castle was built on a plan of a trapezoid with a courtyard and four cylindrical towers at the corners. The complex was surrounded with fortifications - curtains combined four terrestrial inner bastions.

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it's amazing that the original plans still existed. looks great, very nice medieval castle.
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Kamieniec Ząbkowicki (German: Kamenz) is a village in Ząbkowice Śląskie County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, in south-western Poland.

Prior to 1945 it was in Germany under the name of Kamenz. Kamieniec Zabkowicki is an important railroad junction, located on the main line Wroclaw - Klodzko - Prague. In Kamieniec, this route crosses with the west-east connection from Jaworzyna Slaska to Kedzierzyn-Kozle.
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It lies approximately 8 kilometres (5 mi) south-east of Ząbkowice Śląskie, and 68 kilometres (42 mi) south of the regional capital Wrocław. The village has a population of 4,200.

In 1810 by order of King Frederick William III of Prussia, the estates of Kamenz were acquired by Wilhelmine of Prussia, wife of King William I of the Netherlands. Between 1838 and 1873 their daughter Princess Marianne of the Netherlands and her husband Prince Albert of Prussia had a new palace built in a Neogothic style according to the plans of Karl Friedrich Schinkel.

The Palace was plundered and set on fire by the Red Army in 1945.

Since 1995 it has been partially restored.
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Awesome castles in Poland!
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It's true! They give evidence of German high culture there through the ages...
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It's true! They give evidence of German high culture there through the ages...
Some of them yes (similar like in many other states: Czech Republic, Romania, Latvia, Estonia) - this is why I usualy post some historic note about each castle. I also titled the thread 'castles in Poland' and not 'Polish castles'.

A lot of the castles posted here are typically Polish, like Eagle Nests Route castles, Wawel and many others.

There are some with mixed history like Malbork (build by Germans, laters one of the royal castles of Polish kings, then German again, then partly destoyed and beautifully restored by Poles), Niedzica (Hungarian-Polish history), Tykocin (Lithuanian-Polish) etc.

And this is what makes castles in Poland so interesting - different architecture and fascinating history
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That might be true, yet it reminds of the largest displacement in the history of human kind - an injustice lasting until today.
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That might be true, yet it reminds of the largest displacement in the history of human kind - an injustice lasting until today.
Don't want to be rude but this is wrong thread to discuss such topics.
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You're right, I'm sorry.
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occupied Poland was unfortunately the victim of numerous ethnic cleansings or displacements and exterminations, all of them very sad so let's move on from that.
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