Photographer's Note

Hi there,

Today a piece of architecture from my homeland. I took this picture in Krasiczyn.

It is a village in Przemyśl County, Subcarpathian Voivodeship, in south-eastern Poland. It is the seat of the gmina (administrative district) called Gmina Krasiczyn. The village has a population of 440. It lies approximately 8 kilometres (5 mi) west of Przemyśl and 56 km (35 mi) south-east of the regional capital Rzeszów.

I tried to dug out some info about castle itself, and below are few bits I was able to find:

Located on the Przemyśl – Sanok route, near a crossing of the San River, the castle in Krasiczyn is one of the most magnificent and impressive pearls of the polish Renaissance Time Period. Its construction was begun in 1580 by Stanisław Krasicki, a descendant of the Masovian nobility of the Rogala army of coat, continued and eventually accomplished by his son Marcin in 1631. Marcin Krasicki was regarded as an outstanding patron of art in Poland at that time, who transformed an austere fortress, erected by his father, into a splendid mansion which was named after him and so was a town encompassing a nearby area.. In spite of many fires and wars, the castle has almost maintained an unaltered shape from the beginnings of 17th century, built in a form of a quadrangle with the walls pointing to the four quarters of the globe. Each corner of the castle has a cylindrical tower, called Divine, Papal, Royal and Knightly. The rectangular and specious courtyard is surrounded by the rooms and chambers from the north and the east, whereas the south and the west curtain walls are topped with a beautiful attic. In the middle of the western wing, where the Rectangular Tower Clock stands there used to be the main entrance. This is also where a road from a once existing town led to, over a moat and through a drawbridge.
Another exceptionally valuable architectural element of the castle is a chapel located in the Divine Tower, compared to the King Sigismund’s Chapel of Wawel. Ornaments such as a richly carved portal, loggias, arcades and the unique murals - sgraffitos are really tremendous and spectacular. Construction works were designed and supervised by Italian architects and the interior decorations were executed by artists of Przemyśl. The significance of the castle was approved by numerous visits of the Polish kings, some of which were Sigismund III Vasa, Casimir and August II. After the Krasicki family passed away leaving no successor, the whole estate was inherited by the Modrzewski, Wojakowski, Tarło, Potocki and Piniński families, respectively. In 1835 the Piniński family sold it to the Prince Leon Sapieha whose family possessed the estate until 1944, greatly contributing to its development. They renovated the castle, opened a sawmill, a brewery and a farming machinery factor, being active in social fields of the region as well. After World War II when the state took the castle over, a forestry school was located here. From 1973 to 1996 the Car Factory (FSO) took patronage and it was a rest center. In 1996, as part of the FSO’s liquidation process, the castle was taken over by the Industrial Development Agency (ARP) in Warsaw. The renovation works carried by the Agency turned the castle into a modern tourist, hotel and catering base called the Castle and Park Complex. The top class of this facility and the quality of services was confirmed in 2000 by The European Castle Hotels & Restaurants – a programme grouping hotels and restaurants in historical buildings.

Have a nice evening Folks,

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