Melsztyn Castle Ruins

Melsztyn, Poland

Construction of the Melsztyn Castle was initiated in 1340, by the castellan of Kraków, Spicymir. In 1362, Bishop Bodzanta blessed the Holy Spirit chapel at the castle. The complex for 200 years remained in the hands of the powerful noble family of Leliwita Melsztyński, which in the late 14th century built a Gothic keep, located in the western wing of the castle. In the 15th century, Melsztyn was one of centers of Polish Hussite movement, and in 1511, Jan Melsztyński sold it to the castellan of Wiślica, Mikołaj Jordan of Myślenice. In ca. 1546, Spytek Jordan ordered remodeling of the Gothic complex, turning it into a Renaissance residence. After the marriages of his two daughters, Melsztyn became the property of the Tarło family, and in 1744, it came into the hands of the Lanckoroński family.

Melsztyn Castle was destroyed by the Russians in 1771, during the Bar Confederation, and has been a ruin since then. In 1789–1796, parts of the complex were pulled down, in order to gain building materials for a church at Domosławice. In the following years, the complex was neglected, which resulted in collapse of the keep (1846). In 1879-85, due to the efforts of Karol Lanckoroński, the castle gained the status of a permanent, protected ruin. Since 2008, it belongs to the gmina of Zakliczyn. The castle has been presented in paintings of Jan Matejko, Napoleon Orda, and Maciej Bogusz Steczyński.



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Founded: 1340
Category: Ruins in Poland

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pawcio zxc (18 months ago)
Fajne miejsce , fajne widoki
Sebastian Wołosiuk (18 months ago)
Urokliwe miejsce, ładne widoki. Warto odwiedzić, przejazdem. Stromy podjazd.
Łukasz N (19 months ago)
Widok z zamku na Dunajec bezcenny. Czekam na ukończenie remontu, wycięcie drzew, które zasłaniają widok na dolinę rzeki. Przydałby się jeszcze niewielki punkt informacji turystycznej z toaletą lub wiata chroniąca przed deszczem.
Miro Nazar (2 years ago)
Warto tu zaglądnąć. Zamczysko nad Dunajcem we wsi Melsztyn w powiecie tarnowskim w województwie małopolskim. Obiekt z 1595 roku, położony w powiecie sądeckim województwa krakowskiego był własnością kasztelanowej krakowskiej Anny z Sieniawskich Jordanowej.
Richard Dewey (2 years ago)
Truely amazing that this was built where it was. Beautiful views
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