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The King's Tower - The castle in Krasiczyn.
Located on the Przemyśl - Sanok route, near the crossing of the River San, the castle in Krasiczyn is one of the most beautiful monuments of the Polish Renaissance. Its construction was begun in 1580 by Stanisław Krasicki, the descendant of Mazovian yeomanry, and completed by his younger son Marcin in 1633. Marcin Krasicki, considered one of the greatest patrons of the arts in Poland at the time, transformed the heavy fortified castle built by his father into a magnificent aristocratic residence. Stanisław Krasicki named the castle Krasiczyn, derived from his name. The small town that developed next to the castle took the same name.
Despite a great many fires and wars, the castle has been preserved in practically unchanged outside shape from the 17th century. Built on the plan of a quadrangle, it was oriented so that its walls faced the four quarters of the world. Four cylindrical towers stand in the corners: the Divine, Papal, Royal and Noblemen's towers. The rectangular, spacious courtyard is surrounded by living quarters in the north and east, and by curtain walls topped with a beautiful openwork attic in the south and west. In the middle of the western wing is the entrance, with a gate and a square-based clock tower. The road from the once-existing town to the castle led through here, across a drawbridge that was later replaced with a stone bridge.
Among the castle's most valuable architectural elements is the chapel in the Divine Tower, often compared to the Zygmunt Chapel at Wawel Castle in Kraków. Also worth noting are the richly carved portals, loggias, arcades, and the unique murals - sgraffito (their total area is estimated at about 7,000 sq. m).
Construction work was carried out under the supervision of Italian architects, while the interior decorations were the work of Przemyśl artists.
The importance of the castle and its prominence in the past is proved by the visits of Polish kings: Sigismund III Vasa, Władysław IV, Jan Kazimierz, and August II.
More info www.krasiczyn.motronik.com.pl.

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