Zamek Oświęcim

The castle by the Soła river Oświęcim

The castle by the Soła river Oświęcim
Zamkowa 1, 32-600 Oświęcim Region turystyczny: Małopolska
Tourist subregion: Oświęcimski
Parking: Car park
Facilities at cultural sites: Filming permitted, Photographing allowed
Type of historical sites: Fortifications, fortresses and military facilities
There are beacons in this object
Right next to the Old Town in Oświęcim, on a steep slope above the waters of the Soła river, there is an impressive tower that remained after a fortified medieval seat of knights.
It is a symbol of the town’s long history. Nothing remains from the former castle apart from the massive, square-shaped, 13th century brick tower. The remaining part of the complex was claimed by a fire in 1503.
The castle edifices were rebuilt several times and hosted eminent figures, such as: Elżbieta Rakuszanka (the future wife of King Casimir IV Jagiellon), Czech King Ladislaus Jagiellon or Bona Sforza d’Aragona (the future wife of King Sigimund I the Old). Currently, the main chamber of the castle is a museum with historical and ethnographical collections.
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