Kazimierz Ojcow Castle / Zamek Kazimierzowski

Kazimierz Ojcow Castle / Zamek Kazimierzowski

Ojcow, Poland

 
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Kazimierz Ojcow Castle / Zamek Kazimierzowski
Kazimierz Ojcow Castle / Zamek Kazimierzowski
Kazimierz Ojcow Castle / Zamek Kazimierzowski
Address
32-047
Ojcow
Lesser Poland Voivodeship
Poland
Phone Number
+48 12 389 20 05
+48 12 389 20 44
Opening hours
Open since 23 April till 9 November, from Tuesday to Sunday:
April - May: 10:00 - 16:45
June - July: 10:00 - 17:45
August - September: 10:00 - 16:45
October: 10:00 - 15:45
November: 10:00 - 14:45
Recommended duration
2 hours

Located on a hill over the small village of Ojcow, this castle was built in the second half of the 14th century as part of King Kazimierz the Great's "Eagles' Nests" (Orle Gniazda) - line of defensive fortifications along Poland western border and entailing 25 such medieval strongholds.

A legend mentions, that the Castle was built by the Duke of Wroclaw Wieslaw I, however the first recorded information about the castle comes from the fourteenth century - linking up with King Casimir III the Great, who used the castle as part of his defensive line against the Kingdom of Bohemia and the south. Kazimierz called the castle in honour of his father, Wladyslaw I Lokietek, calling it "Father by the Rock".

Various battles throughout the centuries had caused the castle to be shifted between different owners, forcing the castle to go through several cycles of renovation and deconstruction. Kazimierz Castle did not withstand the vicissitudes of time well and by the early 19th century had fallen so deeply into ruin that the today's owner was forced to demolish many of its walls before they collapsed.

Today only its Gothic tower has survived, along with the entrance gate and fragments of the fortified walls. To see what it looked like in its 15th and 16th century, visit the small exhibition devoted to the history of the fortress in the surviving tower.

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