Drzewica Castle

Drzewica, Poland

Drzewica Castle was built between 1527 and 1535 by Archbishop of Gniezno Maciej Drzewicki. The Archbishop built the castle on the peripheries of the town, by the river Drzewiczka and encircled the fortress with moats, separated by a bulwark. The building's plan is based on a regular rectangular shape. Its defence systems are based on four square towers located in each corner of the castle.

The building burned down in 1814, remaining a well preserved ruin. Thus, the castle did not undergo any later modifications, remaining one of Poland's best preserved residences from the first part of the sixteenth-century.



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Founded: 1527-1535
Category: Castles and fortifications in Poland

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Maciej Matynia (3 months ago)
A very nice castle makes an impression when you see it for the first time. Unfortunately, it can only be viewed from a distance because it is not open to visitors
Marta Wereszczyńska (4 months ago)
Gothic-Renaissance castle, in fact the ruins of this castle. It is impossible to get to the castle, you have to put the car somewhere further and go to the castle. Unfortunately, there are no paths either, so the road is on grass or sometimes on wetlands. The castle itself cannot be visited. The plaque on the ruins reads "Private Property." The end. It is impossible to enter, visit. The area is not well kept. Although there is outdoor lighting and the ruins should be lit in the evening, at night (but I cannot confirm it, because I did not stay until evening).
Agnieszka K (6 months ago)
You can't go in, but the ruins are great
W RR (11 months ago)
A great ruin if you're in the area....excellent medieval castle structure
Monika Ciechanska (12 months ago)
Very big,nice.
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