Travelogue

Ksiaz

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Książ  is a magnificent castle that was built in 1288-1292 under  Polish king, Bolko I the Strict. In the year 1509 the family of Hochberg bought the place and it stayed in their hands until 1941.  It is one of the biggest castles in Europe,  the third biggest in Poland and definately the biggest one in South Silesia. It is located on a steep rock by the side of the Pelcznica River. The Ksiaz Castle was often called ‘The Lower Silesian Versailles’ because of its 400 chambers and over 200 fireplaces. During the second Wolrd War, the castle Ksiaz  was severely damaged and plundered but it has been restored to its former glory throughout the1970’s.