Castle in Rabsztyn

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Castle in Rabsztyn

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Its name comes from German ‘Rabestein’ which means a ‘a crow’s rock’. First information about it date back to 14th century. It used to be a wooden castle then and became a stone one in times of Casimir III the Great. In 17th century it was expanded in renaissance style. It partly lost its military nature then. At the same time, a lower castle was erected on the foot of the mountain and separated from the rest with a moat.

The castle was heavily damaged and robbed by withdrawing Swedish troops during the Deluge. In the second half of 19th century the tower and the walls of the lower castle (the part that was best preserved) were blown up thanks to… treasure hunters.

The defensive tower was reconstructed in the early 21st century and it’s open to visits. The rest of the castle is in the state of ruin.

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Its name comes from German ‘Rabestein’ which means a ‘a crow’s rock’. First information about it date back to 14th century. It used to be a wooden castle then and became a stone one in times of Casimir III the Great. In 17th century it was expanded in renaissance style. It partly lost its military nature then. At the same time, a lower castle was erected on the foot of the mountain and separated from the rest with a moat.

The castle was heavily damaged and robbed by withdrawing Swedish troops during the Deluge. In the second half of 19th century the tower and the walls of the lower castle (the part that was best preserved) were blown up thanks to… treasure hunters.

The defensive tower was reconstructed in the early 21st century and it’s open to visits. The rest of the castle is in the state of ruin.

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