Malbork

 

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From the period of Teutonic Knights rule origin the biggest and the best known medieval castle in Poland. It is one of Poland's UNESCO list objects, and a must-see for every tourist visiting northern part of the country.


In 14th century the Teutonic Order decided to move from nearby Zantyr, to the new castle over the Nogat river. First phase of construction have place in years 1278-1281. The part of main castle (now called High Castle) was then built. It was a seat of Komtur, the commander of basic administrative division. Almost thirty years later, the Great Master of the order move to Malbork a capitol of all Teutonic lands. The castle had to be expanded in that case, as many monks came together with the Great Master. His residence, the Middle Castle, was built just beside High Castle. After thirteen's years war the castle became a Polish King's residence and several smaller reconstructions took place.
Nowadays the Malbork Castle is the biggest brick castle in the world, housing an interesting museum and several festivals during the year. The most amazing is historical reenactment festival, when events from 1410 siege are performed.





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