Bolków Castle is located in Bolków on the Castle Hill (Wzgórze Zamkowe), with a 396 metres, where the hillside is cut by the Nysa Szalona river, with a sharp precipice (with a sudden drop of 90 metres); the eastern side of the hill gradually lowers, taken up by the town. The castle is an upland stronghold, covering an area of 7600 m².

First mentions of the castle come from 1277, from the time of the reign of Boles³aw II Rogatka, Duke of Legnica. The castle's current shape was only done so by various constructions in the sixteenth century, the famous Silesian architect Jakub Parr brought elements of the Renaissance into the castle's fortifications. After the construction and expansion, the castle had a total area of 7600 m², making it one of the largest castles in Silesia. In 1703, the castle in Bolków was bought by Cistercian monks from Krzeszów. After the laicisation of monastic property, the castle went to the State Treasury of Poland.

References:

Comments

Your name



Details

Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Poland

Rating

4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Philip Lievens (3 years ago)
Nice to visit the music festival every year! Castle party festival, nice music, atmosphere and nice people!!!
Alessandro Amorati (3 years ago)
From oitside it looks very nicely. But inside there is no so much to see. The museum consists just of 4 rooms. The rest are only ruins. The price is low and fair.
John Mork (3 years ago)
well worth the drive from wroclaw, easy to find with signs from the main road, parking is close to site, a bit of a walk up to the castle, fee is 10zlotych and didn't take a tour, but explored on my own with the other tourists, there is a small museum, quite nice. Castle is in a ruined state, you can walk around and inspect the walls, the tower is about 25 meters high, and you can climb to the top and enjoy the views! lots of other things to see in the vicinity, enjoy!
Adrian Folkesson (3 years ago)
Castle was closed due to a festival when we got there, but what little we could see was stunning. The architecture was absolutely marvelous.
Ariel Macedo (3 years ago)
Great views from a historical castle, the tour shows a good part of the history and contains interesting items. Good choice for a day visit.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Beckov Castle

The Beckov castle stands on a steep 50 m tall rock in the village Beckov. The dominance of the rock and impression of invincibility it gaves, challenged our ancestors to make use of these assets. The result is a remarkable harmony between the natural setting and architecture.

The castle first mentioned in 1200 was originally owned by the King and later, at the end of the 13th century it fell in hands of Matúš Èák. Its owners alternated - at the end of the 14th century the family of Stibor of Stiborice bought it.

The next owners, the Bánffys who adapted the Gothic castle to the Renaissance residence, improved its fortifications preventing the Turks from conquering it at the end of the 16th century. When Bánffys died out, the castle was owned by several noble families. It fell in decay after fire in 1729.

The history of the castle is the subject of different legends. One of them narrates the origin of the name of castle derived from that of jester Becko for whom the Duke Stibor had the castle built.

Another legend has it that the lord of the castle had his servant thrown down from the rock because he protected his child from the lords favourite dog. Before his death, the servant pronounced a curse saying that they would meet in a year and days time, and indeed precisely after that time the lord was bitten by a snake and fell down to the same abyss.

The well-conserved ruins of the castle, now the National Cultural Monument, are frequently visited by tourists, above all in July when the castle festival takes place. The former Ambro curia situated below the castle now shelters the exhibition of the local history.