Friday, May 18, 2007

Lublin Castle: A castle with an enchanting history

Constructed on a hill, over looking the historic city, Lublin Castle was first built in the 12 century, first with wood, then later on supplemented with stones. Though, the castle is currently in ruins, a part of it, which ironically, is also its tallest structure, survives to this day – some 8 centuries later.

Though, the castle has changed hands, many a times, but during most times, it was further rebuilt.

During the reign of Casimir the Great, a 14 century ruler, the castle was strenghtened with stone and mortar. It was in the same period that the castle’s church, was also constructed to serve as the ruling family’s chapel.

Later on, the fortress was further modified under the watchful eyes of Italian masters, who were brought in to decorate the halls and the main areas. This was done as the castle became a favourite residence of the then current-day royal family - members of the Jagiellon Dynasty.

In the 17 century, the castle was felled out of favour with the royals and they moved out. It then fell into disrepair and only certain areas, including the chapel remained intact.

During the occupation of Russian imperial forces, it serves as a prison. Later on during the WWII, Nazis also coverted into a prison, holding amongst the many prisoners, the underground resistance fighters.

Currently, the neglected castle has returned to its former glory. It now houses the Lublin Museum.

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