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.
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.