Grafenort (Gorzanów) Castle is a former stately residence in the Kłodzko Land of the Lower Silesia. A sixteenth-century German foundation, it has been in the hands of the von Herberstein family since the second half of the seventeenth century until 1930 — hence its name, and one of the former names of the village in which it is situated.
The construction of currently existing castle was undertaken in 1573. In the years of 1653-1657 Johann Friedrich von Herberstein rebuilt the stronghold. The latter transformation took place in 1735. The castle was devastated during the World War II but after the war the attempts at its renovation were made.
The Castle, comprising over 100 interior chambers within its structure, is surrounded by 6.6 hectares of palace gardens that once were one its greatest glories, the views extending from some vantage points being described as having a mesmeric effect on the viewer.References:
Built around AD 90 to entertain the legionaries stationed at the fort of Caerleon (Isca), the impressive amphitheatre was the Roman equivalent of today’s multiplex cinema. Wooden benches provided seating for up to 6,000 spectators, who would gather to watch bloodthirsty displays featuring gladiatorial combat and exotic wild animals.
Long after the Romans left, the amphitheatre took on a new life in Arthurian legend. Geoffrey of Monmouth, the somewhat imaginative 12th-century scholar, wrote in his History of the Kings of Britain that Arthur was crowned in Caerleon and that the ruined amphitheatre was actually the remains of King Arthur’s Round Table.
Today it is the most complete Roman amphitheatre in Britain.