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Inspired by the pictures from thread on Polish forum, I created similar thread with some photos and info about a few more, or less known palaces and castles from Lower Silesia region.



Lower Silesia Province is wealthy in numerous, top class monuments.

There are over 3000 historical palaces, mansions and castles.

The name Silesia derives from the tribal territory of a Slavic tribe called Slezanie that occupied this piece of land in the 10th century. Then at the beginning of the history of the state of Poland Silesia became the main center in the process of creating Poland under the rules of the Piast dynasty.

In the course of history the region was under the influence of Poland, Czechs, Germany and Austria and successive rulers left magnificent buildings, each of them having an exciting history.

The province covers an area of about 19,950 square km. The population is approximately 3 mln people.



photos mostly by @White Zombi:

Kliczkow

The Kliczkow Castle is a unique place, possessing the amenities and charm of a beautifully restored historical residence.

An impressive Neo-renaissance residence surrounded by wild forests, whose beginnings date back to the late 13th century. The Conference and Holiday Center is set in its own estate with a landscaped park and pond near Boleslawiec, (122 km from Wroclaw).



Bozkow

http://bozkow2.webpark.pl/




Grodno castle (Zagorze Slaskie)

Castle constructed in the late 12th century, famed for its skeleton of Castellan Malgorzata and unique graffito ornamentation on the castle walls.





Kamieniec Zabkowicki

Huge neo-gothic castle built in the XIX century by a famous Berlin architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel for Albrecht, son of the King of Prussia. Rich collections of art as well as the castle were destroyed after the WWII, by the negligence of the communist authorities. Today still partly a ruin, the castle houses a hotel. An old but neglected park around.




Bolkow

http://www.castleparty.com/index.php?lang=en

The castle at Bolkow, one of the earliest stone fortresses in Poland, was built by prince from Polish Piast dynasty Bolko I of Silesia in the 13th century.
It was enlarged by his son, Bolko II.

In 1810 the castle was abandoned and allowed to decay. Now it houses a museum, and on festive days it is the setting for historical displays.




Swiny

Swiny Castle, located 3 km north east of Bolkow (Lower Silesia), is one of the oldest Polish castles. It was build at the turn of the 7th and 8th century.

In the times of Boleslaw Krzywousty the castle was the seat of castellan. However, in the 13th century Bolko I Surowy moved the castellan to the nearby Bolkowo, and the castle was handed over to the chivalrous Swinka family.

Over the centuries the owners of the castle modernized it several times, but major and most important changes to its design were introduced by Jan Zygmunt Świnka in the years 1614-1620.

He changed the Swiny castle into a Renaissance residence.

When the last owner, Sebastian Heinrich von Schweinitz, left the castle in 1769, it slowly fell into ruin.





Radomierzyce





Ratno Dolne



Jelenia Gora - Cieplice



Wojanow



Bobrow



Chojnik castle

Chojnik Castle- built 1353-1364 by a Prince from Piast dynasty Bolko II Swidnicki on granite, high (627m above the sea level) rock. After 1393 owned by the Schaffgotsch family, 1675 burnt.
Now an impressive ruin.



 

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Hollandski_KGB said:
some should really need a renovation ;)
Yes of course - I wanted to show a few from the huge list of all castles and palaces of the region.

I posted pictures of some abandoned places on puropse- not all of them are in perfect condition.

However the situation is changing very quickly - many of the devastated monuments are beeing renovated.

look:

Radomierzyce palace a few years ago:



now:




PS. In fact many of them were devasteted by the Soviet army.

PS2. Maybe You will show us, how palaces and castles look in Kaliningrad region?
 

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Kraskow

http://www.hotel-palac-kraskow.com.pl/english/index_ang.htm

Small settlement called Krasków was set up around 1250 as a landed estate with a fortified castle, which was later turned into a water castle and then destroyed during the Thirty Years War. The estate was first owned by the Bishop of Wrocław, the Piaskowa Island abbey and then, from the late-15th century until around 1600, by the Seidlitz family, the von Tschim family and again the Seidlitzes. Afterwards, until 1848, with a short break, when the castle was in the hands of the von Hochbergs, it belonged to the Zedlitz family.

The palace remained stayed in the van Salisch family until 1945. Later, this historically and architecturally precious complex was gradually falling into disrepair, until in 1992 its new Austrian owner began its restoration. All the buildings were meticulously renovated and converted into a luxury hotel.

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now:






Korbielowice

Krobielowice Palace is one of the most beautiful and magnificent monuments in the neighbourhood of the capital of Lower Silesia Wroclaw. Krobielowice Palace with its four wings is built in renaissance - baroque style and offers favourable conditions for rest, organization of conferences and seminars.





Jawor



Kwietno




Wojnowice





Piotrowice Swidnickie near Jaworzyna Slaska



Renaissance manor erected in 1568-1591, rebuilt in 1894. Two-storey construction, now ruined.

Stoszowice



Fortified manor in Stoszowice, near Zabkowice Slaskie, erected around 1600. First rebuilt in the 17th century, then in 1806-1815 and 1879-1882.

Grodziec

The first confirmed reference about Grodziec comes from Pope Hadrian IV bull of 1155 y. In 1175 y. prince Boleslaw Wysoki (Boleslav the Tall) drew up here a privilege for Cistercians from Lubiaz. In the time of his heir – Henryk Brodaty (Henry the Bearded) – the wooden – terrestrial castle was replaced for the built of bricks one.

With time the Grodziec become one of the most beautiful Gothic-Renaissance residence in Silesia.

The period of Napoleon Campaign stopped it for a little while, but already in the 30-ties of XIX c. the castle became an object of many tourist excursions. In this time it had the reputation of beging the first in Europe historical building particularly accommodated for tourist goals.

Thorough reconstruction was started in 1900 y., when the owner of property became baron dr Willibald von Dirksen. He ordered elaboration of the design and supervision of work to the most-know and respected architect and conservator – Bodo Ebhardt.

In 1908 y. Emporor Wilhelm II was here as a gust during the solemn opening of the object; later it was transferred to Silesian Society of History and Antiquarianism Lovers for a museum, a restaurant and a shelter-home. In 1945 y. the castle with the part of equipment was burnt. Now the commune authorities and the new governer of the castle are trying to restore the former Piasts fortress its old splendour.








Chojnik castle - more photos :



Ksiaz castle - more photos :

Situated at the top of a steep rocky slope, Ksiaz Castle was built in the 13th century by the Piast Prince Bolko I. It was later owned by Czech and Hungarian kings. From the 16th century until 1939 the estate was property of the Hochberg von Pless prices, who extended their unusual castle over the centuries. Ksiaz fell into ruin and was plundered after the war, but has since been restored.







tunnels under Ksiaz:

During World War II the castle was confiscated and transformed into a bunker by the Germans. Supposedly, it was meant to be the most magnificent of Hitler's headquarters. Shelters and tunnels were constructed underneath.



 

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PS. In fact many of them were devasteted by the Soviet army.

PS2. Maybe You will show us, how palaces and castles look in Kaliningrad region?
yea sure always the red army :|
and Kaliningrad is not a typical good looking place :|
Russia was not that interested in Castles but more in Churches and palaces.





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Hollandski_KGB said:
yea sure always the red army :|
and Kaliningrad is not a typical good looking place :|
I am wondering why Kaliningrad area looks so bad in terms of historic haritage ?

In Poland such cities like Gdansk, or Wroclaw were rebuilded on a large scale, many palaces in Lower Silesia, or in Mazurian region were restored - why Russian Kaliningrad is different ?
 

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I am wondering why Kaliningrad area looks so bad in terms of historic haritage ?

In Poland such cities like Gdansk, or Wroclaw were rebuilded on a large scale, many palaces in Lower Silesia, or in Mazurian region were restored - why Russian Kaliningrad is different ?
I think because Kaliningrad isn't really Russia (it was germany) many ethnic, Poles, Ukrains, belorus live there and the goverment don't give a shit about them.
 
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