A Day of Castles

The landscape of Poland is dotted with the ruins of castles which are extremely interesting to visit.  Rafal, our Branch member, took us to one such site a few weeks ago.   We visited Zamek (Castle) Ogrodzieniec in Podzamcze, fairly close to Katowice.  It was fascinating to walk the stairs, hallways, and turrets of these massive edifices.  This particular castle is being restored bit by bit, as are many of the castles in the country.  It’s a piece of history certainly to be preserved and treasured.

This is the Castle Ogrodzieniec in Podzamcze.  It sets upon a hill which overlooks the green countryside and a small town.

This is the Castle Ogrodzieniec in Podzamcze. It sets upon a hill which overlooks the green countryside and a small town.

Notice how the castle is built right into the rock.  It was an extremely strong fortification in its day.

Notice how the castle is built right into the rock. It was an extremely strong fortification in its day.

Inside the castle stairs leading to rooms were cut in the rock upon which the castle was built.

Inside the castle, stairs leading to rooms were cut in the rock upon which the castle was built.

On a higher spot in the castle grounds and built into another rock was the torture chamber.  There were some pretty drastic torture mechanisms displayed in the room.

On a higher spot in the castle grounds and built into another rock was the torture chamber. There were some pretty drastic torture mechanisms displayed in the room.

Elder Reed was getting unruly, so we had to put him in the stocks!

Elder Reed was getting unruly, so we had to put him in the stocks!

A view from one of the turrets.  It's a pretty peaceful- looking setting, for sure.

A view from one of the turrets. It’s a pretty peaceful- looking setting, for sure.

Just a few kilometers from Zamek Ogrodzieniec is another castle upon which two brothers from Poland, the Lasecki brothers, began a complete restoration in 2001.  This truly is a labor of love for the preservation of Polish history on their part, because the castle was in total ruins.  Having done the archeological researches, they have restored it as much as possible to the historical dimensions it was centuries ago.  The brothers have continued their restoration efforts on a lookout post on a hill about half a kilometer from the castle.

The restored castle in Bobolice

The restored castle in Bobolice

The restored rooms contain displays of medieval furniture, art work, weapons, and armor.

The restored rooms contain displays of medieval furniture, art work, weapons, and armor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to A Day of Castles

  1. Wendi Jagerson says:

    I love reading about and seeing pictures of your p-day adventures. :) It’s so beautiful and green there!

  2. kirsten says:

    These castles are beautiful! Are they close to where you are now? Are we going there on our grand tour? So sorry you were put in the stocks Dad. That must’ve been rough.

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