Będzin Castle, A 700-Year-Old Witness Of Polish History
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Recently, we had the opportunity to visit Będzin , to be specific the Castle located on a hill on the banks of the Czarna Przemsza River. According to the legend, it was cursed by the devil called Boruta, who with the words: "May you always have black waters..." made the waters of the river really black from that time on. Photo by Muzeum Zagłębia w Będzinie
The history of the Będzin Castle is closely related to the takeover of Silesia by the Czechs, and the current "version" of the Castle is a reconstruction from 1952-1956 created for the purpose of the museum. According to one of the Legends , the name Będzin comes from the name of the Knight Benda . According to another story , it came from the words of King Casimir the Great, who came to Będzin saying "tu będziem my" (here we'll be), hence the name "Będzin" . WHY IS IT WORTH VISITING BĘDZIN CASTLE? By choosing this adventure we will see much more than just a medieval defensive stronghold. The Będzin Castle hides in its interiors not only an exceptionally interesting history, but also a museum dedicated to the history of the castle, the city, weapons and armaments. Photo by Muzeum Zagłębia w Będzinie YOU CAN ALSO SEE: ➳ City walls
➳ Castle Hill ➳ Będzin Underground ➳ Mieroszewski Palace ➳ "Mizrachi" House Of Prayer
+ the river which used to be the border of the Polish State. HISTORY OF THE CASTLE 14th century In the 1940s King Casimir the Great adds to the tower of the final defense (from the second half of the 13th century) which is standing on the hill, a residential part and a four-sided tower, surrounded by two perimeter walls. ♛ The castle was built of local stone. It is worth knowing that the tower were not inhabited during peacetime - it had a defensive function ♛
Beginning of the 17th century Part of the city is consumed by fire, along with the castle. It is rebuilt, this time not in a defensive but representative character.
End of the 17th century The building fell into ruin.
19th century Planning the demolition of the castle ruins. However, it delights Count Raczyński, who in 1834 employs an architect of Italian origin, Franciszek Maria Lanci, and prevents the demolition of the castle.
- - - - - - ♛ During the interwar period, another reconstruction plan begins to be developed, which fails to be implemented due to the outbreak of war. The concept of rebuilding the castle was resumed only after World War II. ♛ 20th century Rebuilding the castle to the version we know today and handing it over for the Zagłębie Museum in Będzin . VISITING THE CASTLE
The tour is very informative. We had the pleasure of visiting the museum in the company of a guide, who, in addition to passing on knowledge, brought us closer to the realities of life in the past. Listening to her, we had the impression that we were listening to someone who witnessed all the events she is now talking about. Incredible! A lot of knowledge, attention to details that complemented the whole scenery in the imagination. It is definitely worth choosing the company of a guide when going to the castle. I'm sure that going through this experience by yourself wouldn't be as magical as it can be with a guide.
What can we see at the Museum? • figures • coins • photographs, paintings • protective armament (armours seem very small, This is because our ancestors were smaller than us. According to the findings of anthropologists, the average man measured 165-170 cm, and a woman 155-160 cm.) We can also see: • shooting accessories • an exhibition dedicated to Jews • seal of King Casimir the Great You can see here, one of the largest collections of firearms, bladed and hunting weapons and artillery in Poland . Price list from the Museum's Page TOURIST ADAPTATION
KIDS If you are going with a stroller, the best solution will probably be to bring aswell a baby carrier, because moving around the castle with a stroller can be difficult. If the child is older, guided tours may not be the best attraction for them, but the exhibits in the museum showcases will certainly interest them enough that the parent can enjoy the stories right next to them. Also in the castle courtyard there is a space where you can move freely if your child loses interest. PARKING AND ELDERLY PEOPLE We can park right next to the Castle, which is a great convenience, for example for older people who should also have no problem sightseeing. There is a bench in each room where they can sit and rest. The only difficulty may be the stairs to the last floor of the tour and Stołpy, which is reached by long, winding steps.
From the above-mentioned floor we have access to the view of: • Park • Stołp • Mount Siberka • Kołłątaja Avenue • Castle Hill • Mieroszewski Palace • Reconstruction of the Embankment • Church of the Holy Trinity • part of the Old Town FOREIGN TOURISTS The museum offers tours with an introductory guide in English. The castle has had many ups and downs, many renovations and has risen like a phoenix from the ashes many times, which in my opinion adds character to its history. This place hosted kings and witnessed the centuries-long history of Poland. If you want to spend an interesting day following the trails of kings, this is definitely the place for you! And if you have already had the opportunity to visit Będzin, share your impressions in the comment. 😉 Special thanks to the staff of Będzin Castle, who really make an effort to ensure that each visitor takes a unique journey back in time. 👏