Barciany Castle

Barciany, Poland

The first wooden castle in Barciany was built by Teutonic Knights in 1325. The construction of the stone castle to the site began in 1377. It was completed in the 15th century. In 1945 the castle was acquired by State Agricultural Farm and today it is privately owned. Barciany castle is a well-preserved sample of medieval architecture of Teutonic Order.



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591, Barciany, Poland
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Founded: 1377
Category: Castles and fortifications in Poland


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Jarosław Uziębło (19 days ago)
Miejsce bardzo dziwne. Obiekt przepiękny i ociekający historią, ale toczy się tam remont na niby, a w rzeczywistości nic się nie dzieje. Takie coś zabite dechami - kuriozalny i na szczęście unikatowy widok.
Basia Ch (36 days ago)
Wstyd ! Wstyd ! Tak niesamowity kawał historii zaniedbany, zabity deskami. Niby majętny właściciel kupił, ale coś się nie kwapi, żeby ta piękna, majestatyczna budowla odzyskała swą świetność. Wstyd , że nikt nad tym pieczy należytej nie sprawuje !
Kazimierz Zagórski (2 months ago)
The body of the palace is still visible in the relatively recently taken photographs. Now the palace is almost completely overgrown with spontaneously grown trees, from beyond which it cannot be seen. Soon there will only be a pile of rubble left. Pity!
władek Kulesza (5 months ago)
Interesting historical place.
Grzegorz Pawlikowski (11 months ago)
Object for sale. As you can see in the photos, the body of the castle is still holding up. The castle was built in the years 1380-90 as a stronghold of the commander. It was the territory of the Bart tribe conquered around 1240. This fortified castle was built after the revolts of the local population who slaughtered the Teutonic Knights stationed here. I recommend
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