Top Historic Sights in Prudnik, Poland

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Prudnik Tower

Prudnik Castle was located in the defensive bend of the Prudnik river. It was built in 1255. It was founded a Czech knight Wok of Rosenberg. The castle was destroyed in 1428 by the Hussites. After the end of the first Silesian War, Frederick the Great rebuilt the castle. A fire on 27 August 1806 burnt the entire castle except of one tower called 'Wok"s Tower', which is now the only remnant of the castle.
Founded: 1255 | Location: Prudnik, Poland

St. Michael's Church

St. Michael"s Church in Prudnik is a Baroque brick church. The first church in Prudnik was built of wood in 1279. The current one was designed by Johann Innozenz Töpper. It was built in the years 1730–1738. In 1779 the church and tower roofs were damaged in the fire by Austrian blasting. After World War II the church was taken over by the Dominican Order. Dominicans left Prudnik in 1999.
Founded: 1730-1738 | Location: Prudnik, Poland

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Gruyères Castle

The Castle of Gruyères is one of the most famous in Switzerland. It was built between 1270 and 1282, following the typical square plan of the fortifications in Savoy. It was the property of the Counts of Gruyères until the bankruptcy of the Count Michel in 1554. His creditors the cantons of Fribourg and Bern shared his earldom. From 1555 to 1798 the castle became residence to the bailiffs and then to the prefects sent by Fribourg.

In 1849 the castle was sold to the Bovy and Balland families, who used the castle as their summer residency and restored it. The castle was then bought back by the canton of Fribourg in 1938, made into a museum and opened to the public. Since 1993, a foundation ensures the conservation as well as the highlighting of the building and the art collection.

The castle is the home of three capes of the Order of the Golden Fleece. They were part of the war booty captured by the Swiss Confederates (which included troops from Gruyères) at the Battle of Morat against Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy in 1476. As Charles the Bold was celebrating the anniversary of his father's death, one of the capes is a black velvet sacerdotal vestment with Philip the Good's emblem sewn into it.

A collection of landscapes by 19th century artists Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Barthélemy Menn and others are on display in the castle.