Malbork Castle, Poland

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Malbork Castle, Poland

Poland’s pride and joy when it comes to castles is certainly this sprawling red-brick fortress. Built in Prussia by the Teutonic Knights in 1406, it was christened Marienburg (after Mary). Much of Poland had the misfortune of being destroyed in the world wars, so Poland doesn’t have much in the way of ancient castles, not the way that Spain or France or Italy does. But it does have Malbork–which, when measured in surface area, is the reigning king of castles–it is the largest castle in the world! Recognised by UNESCO, this brick masterpiece (brick castles being common in this part of Europe, see Trakai, Torun, and Turaida for further examples) is the largest brick structure in Europe. Now that’s certainly something to be proud of!

 

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4 thoughts on “Malbork Castle, Poland

    • Thanks! It IS quite massive–the photo does it no justice! It’s like it just keeps on going and going…it takes all day to visit the castle, and only a portion of it is open to the public!

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