The Lublin Castle, Lublin

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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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  • A Gothic castle built by Casimir the Great in the first half of the 14th centyry was ruined during wartime in the second half of the 17th c. and consequently demolished in the 18th c. However there...  more »
  • If you are not commited to visiting the Chapel of Holy Trinity (and, due to COVID-19 it was closed in early July), you might as well skip it. Exterior looks a bit like cardboard mock-up elements and.....  more »
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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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