Inowłódz Castle was built by king Casimir the Great in 1356-1366. Its function was to protect the customs chamber located on the Pilica ford, lying on the trade route running from Lwów, through Sandomierz to Toruń. Inowłódz and his ford were of strategic importance, cutting in between Mazovia and Lesser Poland.

The first recorded castle castellan was Piotr Tłuk from Strykowie family. At the end of the fourteenth century, the castle belonged to the Niemirowie family, however, Władysław Jagiełło bought it and due to its important location, restored to royal property. In connection with the deterioration of relations with prince Siemowit IV, the king predicted a threat from Mazovia and wanted to have an important, border stronghold. At the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries, he visited Inowłódz many times, presumably controlling the castle’s repairs and its reconstruction. The interior development was considerably expanded, perhaps to increase the larger crew.

In 1515, the castle was bought by Adam Drzewicki, a representative of a wealthy Polish noble family, and in the mid-seventeenth century, the Lipski family became its owner. In times of Drzewickis, after 1563, the second significant reconstruction of the castle was carried out, caused by the fire that destroyed the building. As a result of the Polish-Swedish war in 1655-1657, the castle was destroyed and gradually fell into ruin.



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Founded: 1356
Category: Castles and fortifications in Poland

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hat off lab (7 months ago)
The ruins are small but quite pretty. They were reconstructed some time ago and are well maintained. You need to buy the ticket to enter the castle's courtyard. All in all, worth a quick stop. Especially on a bright sunny day.
Marcin Kowalski (7 months ago)
On the outside it is a nice remains of a castle. On the inside it's very cheesy, refurbished to lowest standards... something. They seem to be doing wedding ceremonies there.
Mariusz (10 months ago)
I love this place
Harry Zhang (2 years ago)
good to have look
Jarek Checinski (3 years ago)
The walls and the keep are nicely restored and maintained. Occasional craft shows are a big draw. Check the schedule in advance.
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