The Lublin Castle, Lublin

The Lublin Castle is a medieval castle situated in Lublin, Poland, adjacent to the Old Town district and close to the city center. It is one of the oldest preserved Royal residencies in Poland, established by High Duke Casimir II the Just.
The hill on which it is located was first fortified with a wood-reinforced earthen wall in the 12th century. In the first half of the 13th century, the stone keep was built which survives to this day and is the tallest building of the castle, as well as the oldest standing building in the whole city. In the 14th century, during the reign of Casimir the Great, the castle was rebuilt with stone walls. Probably at the same time the castle's Chapel of the Holy Trinity was built to serve as a royal chapel. In the first decades of the 15th-century king Władysław II commissioned a set of frescoes for the chapel, which were completed in 1418 and are preserved to this day. The author was a Ruthenian Master Andrej, who signed his work on one of the walls. Due to their unique style, mixing Western and Eastern Orthodox influences, they are acclaimed internationally as an important historical monument.
Under the rule of the Jagiellon dynasty the castle enjoyed royal favor and frequent stays by members of the royal family. In the 16th century, it was rebuilt on a grandiose scale, under the direction of Italian masters brought from Kraków. The most momentous event in the castle's history was the signing in 1569 of the Union of Lublin, the founding act of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
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  • The Castle is closed for renovations. IT ha sbeen converted into a museum. However the TRinity Chapel is open and that is the onlyreason to visit Lublin. And it is well worth it. One of the best prese...  more »
  • During our visit to Lublin we decided to visit the castle, mainly to see the famous Union of Lublin and frescoes in the castle chapel. Unfortunately the museum during the season turned out to be closed, and advertised throughout the city 450-this anniversary of the Union of Lublin proved not to be enough reason to share the famous image of Matejki. In addition, the tickets for the tower and the chapel cost us a total of 24 zł per person, which is a big overkill. Both attractions are not worth as many money.
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  • The castle was rebuilt in XIX century and lost it's medieval spirit when you look at it from the outside, from the courtyard you can still see central tower of XII century and some Gothic and Renaissance style buildings of main palace. There's a museum and inside the tower, and some temporary exhibitions in the courtyard.
  • Cool castle. Small, but a lot of attractions and beautiful view from tower
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