Zamek Oświęcim

Oświęcim – the castle by the Soła river

Oświęcim – the castle by the Soła river
Uwagi nt. dostępności: Oświęcim – the castle by the Soła river -
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
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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 the Museum in Oświęcim with historical and ethnographical collections. It is also possible to visit two underground tunnels located under the castle: one of them was created during World War I, while the second one was built during World War II by the Germans and used as an air-raid shelter.
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