View to the Malbork Castle
The Castle in Malbork (Polish: Zamek w Malborku, German: Marienburg) is the largest castle in the world by area. It was built in Prussia by the Teutonic Knights, a German Roman Catholic religious order of crusaders, in a form of an Ordensburg fortress. The Order named it Marienburg (Mary's Castle). The town which grew around it was also named Marienburg.
The castle is a classic example of a medieval fortress, and on its completion in 1406 was the world's largest brick Gothic castle. UNESCO designated the "Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork" and its Museum as the World Heritage Site in December 1997.
The history of Malbork begins in the Holy Land and by ‘Holy Land’ we mean Palestine, not the Krispy Kreme Donuts factory. Allow us to introduce you to the fabled Teutonic Knights, a rowdy band of monks with a lust for slayin’ and convertin’. After Palestine was lost to Islam, these zealots needed a new base of operations. But the Crusades were partly an excuse to get people like this out of Europe, so no one wanted them back! Finally, a Polish King offered them sanctuary in return for help against some pagan Lithuanians. The Knights were happy to help, but they were also happy to form their own state and control the amber trade. Also, they massacred the citizens of Gdansk in 1308, which they were supposed to be protecting. Whoops.
Obviously, these actions didn’t exactly sit well with the Polish King, who promptly allied himself with the Lithuanians who were being constantly raided by the Knights. In 1410, the massive battle of Grunwald saw the defeat of the Teutonic Knights, but the stumbling Polish King stalled out and was unable to rout them from Malbork, where they had been constructing and improving a massive castle since they first established themselves in the region over a hundred years prior. They called the castle Marienburg (St. Mary’s Stronghold) in case you hear that name, rather than Malbork.
The Teutonic Order continued to decline and in 1457 the mercenaries working for the Knights decided that it was a good idea to take the castle for themselves and sell it to the Polish King. Gotta get paid somehow, you know? Anyways, the Polish monarchy kept Malbork in decent shape for the next few centuries. Royal persons would rest their weary feet in its awesome rooms and vaulted hallways while travelling to and from Gdansk. Perhaps it was this leisurely attitude that led to the Partition of Poland in 1772, upon which the castle was controlled by the Prussian rulers.
Unfortunately, the Prussians turned the magnificent castle into a barracks and many of the out walls and towers were taken down, many windows were bricked up, and much of the splendor was lost. Of course this gradual decline and industrial transformation was preferred to the bombing, destruction, and looting done to the fortress by the Soviet army, and by the end of the Second World War, Malbork was basically a shadow of its former self.
Today, the castle has been renovated and reconstructed, as faithfully as was possible. In general, reconstruction work throughout Gdansk and its neighbors has been incredible and Malbork is no exception. In 1997, the castle became a World Heritage Site. Bristling with weapons displays, the medieval historian inside all of us will revel in the sheer amount of exhibits and displays. There are also a great many amber exhibits, as well as entire rooms devoted to the Teutonic way of life. Half the fun is actually just running through the hundreds of empty corridors, imagining that there’s a battle going on, but for the kids there are some cool wooden weapons available for purchase. (Source: Gdansk-life.Malbork Castle & wikipedia)
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snunney (99968) 2011-09-21 0:53
A fine perspective on this magnificent and well preserved castle. The chosen point of view presents a splendid ensemble of architecture enhanced by that lovely sky. The image is nicely lit and has superb colours and clarity. Thanks for sharing.
dta (78544) 2011-09-21 0:54
Hello Georg ,
Wonderful presentation of this splendid red castle . Colors and lighting are superb . And I like especially the marvellous sky .
ifege (10493) 2011-09-21 0:57
An excellent photo of this red castle George and a good sky for the background.
jurek1951 (42196) 2011-09-21 1:07
Very interesting architecture. Original POV and composition. Very good shot. Well done
yeln (11516) 2011-09-21 1:09
tvoja domača dežela nam pomuja odlične barve in barvne kontraste, ki si jih lepo ujel v svoj objektiv. zelo dobro, my friend!!!! TFS!
lep dan, vojko
williewhistler (16398) 2011-09-21 1:13
Hello George,this superb piece of architecture sits well beside the water beneath that interesting sky.
Your view point is well chosen showing the castle in all its splendour,in a lovely light with perfect detail.
A very nice photo.
dip (23888) 2011-09-21 1:18
a wonderful image of the castle!
clarity,sharpness and colors are really amazing,very well captured and composed!
lousat (91950) 2011-09-21 1:43
Hi George,very brilliant work in PP to show us this beatiful castle whit its colors and details,very nice composition under the perfect sky too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
besnard (56447) 2011-09-21 2:02
Une bonne présentation de ce trčs joli château. Les couleurs et la luminosité sont au top.
Bravo et bonne journée.
elkab (4951) 2011-09-21 2:19
The Malbork castle is realy splendid - especialy on yopur wonderful presentation. This is orginal composition with moody lighting and super colors. Lovely sky making natural frame of the shot.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-09-21 2:48
A magnificent view of this red castle with water flowing in the front. Nice chosen pov with sharpness and colors. I like the greenery and blue sky as nice contrast to the red color.
mkamionka (37147) 2011-09-21 3:14
spectacular postcard-like view of Malbork.
I had the pleasure to visit this place as well in the past but in the pre-digital times.
You had a great sky I see, and great light.
This is a real master work. The processing makes it feel really three dimensional almost sticking out of the screen.
JFS (32459) 2011-09-21 4:41
Spectacular view masterly captured and presented. Marvelous sky!
thanks and best regards,
timecapturer (49288) 2011-09-21 4:54
fairytale stuff, love the greens here that contrast so perfectly with the crisp red tones and colours of the brickwork and roof tiles. Superbly sharp and accomplished light manangement. Quite magical!
Warm regards, enjoy your day - Brian
jhm (153656) 2011-09-21 4:56
I think one of the most beautiful pictures of your gallery, my congratulations
You shows us a wonderful view of Castle in Malbork
You chose here a very well angle with depth and perspective.
Composition is very well also the colors and presentation.
Sharpness and clarity are fantastic.
Very well done, TFS.
Sergiom (80608) 2011-09-21 5:45
Je t'envie ton voyage en Pologne. Tu en as rapporté des images magnifiques d'endroits que je ne connaissais pas.Ici, ce château sur le bord de l'eau est magnifique et la lumičre qui fait ressortir tous les détails est magnifique.
marcan44 (6307) 2011-09-21 6:27
gorgeous view of this castle.
I like very much.
Sharpness is excellent and natural colors without the need to saturate.
Very well done
Have a nice day!
Gerrit (52047) 2011-09-21 7:09
wonderful castle and beautiful sky.
Great colours and well controlled light.
TopGeo (38216) 2011-09-21 9:27
Wow,George, Fantastic place, excellent landscape photo! Great POV and perspective, great framing and composition! Excellent light management, wonderful colours! Great composition and framing, so many beautiful "layers", impressive sky! Excellent light management, wonderful colours! Congratulations!
Sonata11 (33863) 2011-09-21 10:15
I was in Malbork in 2008, You can check in my gallery some pictures of this castle.
You composition is a very beautiful with great POV, colors, sharpness, super clarity. This presentation amaze me a lot. Awesome. Perfectly well done.
All the best,
jjcordier (79297) 2011-09-21 10:35
Une superbe photo de ce magnifique château. Lumičre et ciel splendides.
jemaflor (97969) 2011-09-21 10:56
Beautifuul architecture, interesting pov to get a well balanced composition with water also, nice light well captured.
limielski (0) 2011-09-21 12:03
What a beautiful landscape. I was in Malbork - I don't remember ... 20 years ago (?). Beautiful Castle and beautiful shot. The sky is excellent and the presentation of the architecture, too - of course!
Have a nice evening!
siamesa (28121) 2011-09-21 12:03
Bom tarde George
Fantastic composition of the beautiful castle and the magnificent sky.Splendid view and a superb photo.
prasun984 (5590) 2011-09-21 13:11
lovely shot of this beautiful castle under the blue texture sky...like the light & shade effects...nice texture of the red roofs & brick walls...
very nice dof controlled with nice light management...warm color contrast & good sharpness also...
vasilpro (41317) 2011-09-21 13:45
Wonderful composition, excellent light management, beautiful castle with interesting architecture, vivid colors, great cloudy sky and lovely atmosphere, very nice POV, very good clarity and contrast.
Best regards, Vasilis.
Schnappilic (9690) 2011-09-21 13:47
I like this great picture. The ambience is wonderful. Castle, sky and light are magic. Congratulations!
All the best,
bukitgolfb301 (42292) 2011-09-21 14:32
Hi my dear George
Sorry for my late reaction to you.
Another wonderful architecture shot indeed!
A loittle dofferent style as your usual ones, but still marvelous. So sharp, clear and comfortable image as usual.
Thanks for sharing with your finest work and have a good day, Best regrads.
Takero from Tokyo fine weather
emka (98664) 2011-09-21 14:53
I love Malbork. There are many beautiful views of the castle here on TE, but this one is magnificent. Good point of view, rather classic, superb sharpness and great colours. Splendid shot.
francio64 (39888) 2011-09-21 15:01
bella vista del castello con un POV scelto davvero bene.
Ottima la gestione delle luci e colori molto naturali.
Un luogo davvero bello.
Graal (102928) 2011-09-22 0:20
Jó napot George,
Malbork is about 30km from my city. Castle I see often. Nice panoramic composition Fine light and colours. Good note and photowork.
Have a nice day.
paninho (2931) 2011-09-23 1:21
Salut George, comment tu vas?
Magnifique photo de cet endroit merveilleux! La lumičre et le cadrage sont parfaits! Bravo!
cornejo (42883) 2011-09-23 11:33
Helló György, Nagy lövés a gyönyörű kastély, egy nagyon jó kép élessége és minősége, a kiváló és nagyon jól sikerült szép munkát, gratulálok. Jó éjszakát és boldog hétvégét barátom.
bema (26425) 2011-09-23 11:37
nearly missed this spectacular sight, looks like a perfect restorde and kept building.. your picture has a perfect sharpness, beautiful colors, really a pleasure to have a longer look at..
tfs, see you soon, regards Bernd
Silvio1953 (144230) 2011-09-23 12:49
Ciao George, great view of wnderful castle, nice composition with superb sky, splendid light and wonderful pastel colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
COSTANTINO (65742) 2011-10-05 12:20
wonderful view to this wonderful castle
original pov and composition.
the point of view is well chosen
great contrast of the red and green
shot with great lightness and sharpness
adores (45595) 2011-10-15 10:24
Seems a magnificent and well preserved castle and you found a good pov to show it.Pov,colours and sharpness are very good and I specially like those clouds above!
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-07-19
- Categories: Castles, Nature, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Malbork Castle [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-09-21 0:50
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