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Ruiny gotyckiego zamku Rabsztyn

Ruins of the Gothic castle, Rabsztyn

Zamek w Rabsztynie

Rabsztyn, 32-300 Rabsztyn Tourist region: Jura Krakowsko-Częstochowska

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The white limestone crags on a hill near Olkusz, surrounded by fields and woods, are the favourite spot of ravens. This seems to be confirmed by the name of the ruins of the Rabsztyn Castle that can be found here. The name comes from German and means “The Raven Rock”.

The castle’s history is a mystery. It is believed that the fortified tower on the top of the rock was erected by Silesian Prince Henry I the Bearded in the first half of the 13th century. Rabsztyn was made famous by Cossack Hawryło Hołubka, the commander of the castle’s defence. His soldiers, together with the coal miners from Olkusz, defeated the troops that were marching towards Kraków to support Archduke Maximilian I of Habsburg, who besieged the capital of the kingdom. At the beginning of the 17th century, Mikołaj Wolski conducted major Renaissance style extension work. Unfortunately, the Swedish invasion in 1657 left the fortress devastated. Work aimed at protecting the ruins has been going on for the last couple of years. A wooden bridge was constructed over the moat and the gate tower was reconstructed. Every year at the beginning July, a medieval tournament is held at the foot of the castle.


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