Kolo Castle Ruins

Ko³o, Poland

Casimir III the Great erected a castle in Ko³o – most likely prior to the founding of the city – as part of an overall enterprise of strengthening the boundaries of the realm. Ko³o castle was mainly intended to protect central Wielkopolska from attacks by the Teutonic Knights. The fortified city played a vital strategic role for some 200 years.

It was established as a 55 m x 40 m rectangle, made of brick with stone foundations, with its longer side arranged on a north-east, south-west axis and enclosed by high crenellated walls.

The castle slowly fell into decay from around the mid-16th century. This was mainly brought about by changes to the defence system after the invention of firearms and artillery.

The entire length of south-west line of walls to a height of 4 m (supported by abutments), fragments of the walls of the short sides of the foundation, and the tower are all that remain of the onetime castle. The north-west section of walls, on the Warta side, have collapsed due to the foundations having been eroded by the flooding of the river.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Ruins in Poland

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Chriisuu (4 years ago)
Dojazd masakra, suche mury.. przejdziesz w 2 minuty.
Krzysztof Oleszczuk (4 years ago)
Niestety to już tylko ruiny, ale miejsce jest urokliwe i ma swój klimat. Kto ma odrobinę czasu warto zboczyć z drogi, dojazd z głównej zajmuje ok. 5 min. Polecam.
Jakub DeMolay (5 years ago)
Really, really nice!
Daniel Kucal (5 years ago)
Great place for a BBQ or a picnic near the river
Kamil Sebastian (5 years ago)
The ruins of the castle during the reign of Casimir the Great. Sources report that it was used less than 200 years.
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