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Episode 7 : Europe 2016 - Ogrodzieniec, Poland - Let's Capture the CastleThis is the 7th post in a series chronicling my photography project through Spain, France, Poland, & Czech Republic. Click on this TAG to view all of the articles in this series. If you want to skip all the text, you can scroll all the way down to a gallery of images from inside the ruins of Ogrodzieniec Castle.
Ogrodzieniec Castle is a ruined medieval castle in the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland. Built in the mid-14th century this gothic castle has been subjected to countless sieges, fires, attacks, and has changed hands several times. It was finally burned down in 1702, never to be rebuilt.
A few of the original wooden areas have been restored to illustrate some of what the castle was like when there were apartments, stables, storehouses and merchants actively working and living within the walls.
Another fascinating part of this castle is how is was built into the living rock, though this is not unique. I’ve seen this all across Poland.
My favorite part of touring Ogrodzieniec Castle is observing the town from the top. The village of Ogrodzieniec is as picturesque a Polish village as ever you’ll find, and the town exists largely to support the rather large influx of tourists who arrive to visit the castle each year. In fact, Kazdyn and I parked in a local resident’s driveway for a few hours for the low cost of 10 złoty (about $2.50).
There’s an observation tower which features a very tight and steep spiral staircase inside of a very cramped stairwell. It’s also always very crowded with other tourists and both times I’ve visited this place I’ve suffered a panic attack in the same spot. Being afraid of both heights and enclosed spaces it’s perhaps best that I avoid the tower in the future.
The trail leading from the access road to the castle has been turned into a promenade of commercial activity with every manner of tchotchke on display as well as activities for kids, and the ever-present beer gardens and sausage vendors. Very, very Poland.
Here are some photos of the castle. The featured image in this post (at the top) was not taken by me, but pulled from the Castle's Wikipedia page as I was too stupid to take a proper establishing shot open arriving. We were being pursued by a vigorous thunderstorm that day and I suppose my brain was addled by the rushing about.
Thanks for reading.
Featured Image Credit:
By Łukasz Śmigasiewicz - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 pl.
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