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Zamek obronny Pieskowa Skała

Pieskowa Skała – the fortified castle

Pieskowa Skała – the fortified castle
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Sułoszowa Region turystyczny: Jura Krakowsko- Częstochowska
Tourist subregion: Krakowski
Zniżki: Children, Families
Parking: Car park
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Facilities at cultural sites: Filming permitted, Photographing allowed
Type of historical sites: Fortifications, fortresses and military facilities
The most wonderful view of the Pieskowa Skała castle stretches from the Prądnik Valley. In the foreground, you can see a limestone outlier known as the Mace of Hercules. The fortified building was erected by order of King Casimir the Great already in the 14th century. It gained its Renaissance character more than 200 years later thanks to its owners, the Szafraniec family. They followed the verified example of Wawel. Architects brought from Italy raised the arcaded courtyard, while the clock tower was given a helmet similar to that from the towers of the Royal Castle. Next to the castle, the masters from Italy erected an architectonic gem: the arcaded loggia. Later they designed an Italian garden located on the terrace above the precipice. Today, the castle houses a museum presenting style changes in European art and Poland’s biggest gallery of English painting. The castle is also the perfect spot for the Renaissance Days organized here every June.
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