Photographer's Note

Photo taken in September 2007,
[ Ojców National Park - Pieskowa Skała ]
____-Castle of Pieskowa Skała-____

30 km from Kraków; on the hill rising above the picturesque valley of the River Prądnik and surrounded by the forests of the Ojców National Park, 8 km from the attractive village of Ojców (the villas and buildings of the old resort, ruins of a castle, Łokietek Cave and the Dark Cave)


In the first half of the 14th century King Casimir the Great ordered here the erection of a castle intended as a part of the whole defence system created by the strongholds guarding the Polish-Silesian border. The castle also protected the important trade route connecting Cracow with Wrocław. From the end of the 14th century it was a residence of some Polish aristocratic families. The first private owners of Pieskowa Skała were members of the Szafraniec family, who rebuilt and enlarged the castle. In the 14th century they built the lower castle with 2 cylindrical towers on the steeply sloping east side, and in the 16th century they modernized this part of the building, creating a Renaissance arcaded courtyard in the north-Italian style, with sculptural decoration (gallery of masks and shields with coats of arms) of a Netherlandish character. In the 17th century Michał Zebrzydowski ordered new defences closing the outer court to be erected. In the 18th century, when the castle was the property of the Wielopolski family, Pieskowa Skała was a famous hunting site. In the time of the partition of Poland Pieskowa Skała became a favourite place for excursions and was called the Museum of Poland. In the last years of the 19th century the neglected castle was rescued by a group of people from Warsaw who organized a pension there. After World War II the Pieskowa Skała castle was nationalised, restored under the direction of Professor Alfred Majewski, and in 1970 opened as a museum - a department of the Royal Wawel Castle in Cracow.


The exhibition presents changes in European art from the Middle Ages till the 20th century. All exhibits belong to the Wawel collection, because no historical appointments of the castle have survived. Temporarily, for the time of restoration work, only a small exhibition in 3 rooms is accessible. After the renovation the main exhibition will be arranged in a new artistic form.



Photo Information
  • Copyright: Paulina Sala (pelin) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 166 W: 124 N: 416] (2789)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2007-09-30
  • Categories: Castelos
  • Exposição: f/2.8
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  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2008-03-10 0:51
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