Wednesday, 5 July 2017

The Moszna Castle in Poland is one of the most magnificent castles in the world

The Moszna Castle is one of the most famous historical castles located in the village of Moszna, Poland.
Also, it is one of the best-known monuments in the southern part of the country. The history of this enormous palace begins in the 17th century, and it contains 365 rooms and 99 spires.During excavation, much older parts (cellars) were found in the castle’s gardens. The investigator H. Barthel claimed that the cellars could belong to a much older Templar Castle, but this theory has never been proven.
The magnificent Moszna Castle  – By Bochnaank – CC BY-SA 3.0 pl
It is one of the best-known monuments in the southern part of Poland – By Bochnaank – CC BY-SA 3.0 pl
It contains 365 rooms and 99 spires  By PolandMFA / Mariusz Cieszewski – CC BY-ND 2.0
This castle is a magical place resembling the castles and palaces from many fairy tales and Disney movies. Though it was originally designed in Baroque style, throughout the centuries, few additions have been made, including a construction of the eastern wing in neo-Gothic style and of the western wing in neo-Renaissance style.
The old baroque palace is at the center of the castle which in 1896 was partially destroyed by fire. The same year, the damaged part was reconstructed by Franz Hubert von Tiele-Winckler who extended the residence. The east Neo-gothic wing was built in 1900, and in 1914 the west wing was built in the NeoRenaissance style.
Interior of the castle By Napoleon.c – CC BY 3.0
The east wing of the castle  By Poconaco – CC BY-SA 4.0
It was twice visited by the German Emperor Wilhelm II who participated in hunting during his stay. His visit was documented in 1911 in a chronicle. The Moszna Castle was owned by the Tiele-Winckler family from 1866 to 1945 when they had to move to Germany because the Red Army occupied the castle.
At that time, a  significant damage was caused to the castle, and many internal fittings were destroyed. In WWII, the castle was attacked again, but the damage was not severe. After the WWII, the castle didn’t have an owner, and it belonged to various institutions. In 1972, it became a convalescent home. Few years after, the castle became a Public Health Care Centre.
The castle was owned by the Tiele-Winckler family from 1866 to 1945 – By Jarek19651 – CC BY-SA 3.0 pl
Part of the castle’s garden – By Silar – CC BY 2.5
In recent years, the Health Care Center moved to another building which is close to the castle, so the castle was opened to the public. Since 1998, there is a gallery inside where various artists exhibit their works. Another fascinating part, besides the castle itself, is the park which has no boundaries, and it includes a forest and a few meadows.
In the park complex, there is a magnificent garden which was also designed by Hubert von Tiele-Winckler before the castle was made. Today, the castle is a museum and a luxurious hotel with a beautiful restaurant, and it also hosts summer camps.

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