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Castle in the town of Baranow Sandomierski. The Castle was erected at the end of the 16th century in the place of a medieval fortified knightly manor. In the 15th century the Baranowski manor belonged to the noble Baranowski family. At the turn of the 16th century the Górków family from Greater Poland became the owner of Baranów. In 1569 Stanisław Górka sold the Baranowski property to Rafał Leszczyński. The current form of the Castle is an impressive testimony of the refined style of the wealthy Leszczyński family. Most likely it was designed by the Italian architect and sculptor Santi Gucci. Interiors of the Castle are decorated by Giovanni Battista Falconi and Tylman van Gameren. With its magnificent appearance the Castle is called the Little Wawel in reference to the Royal Wawel Castle in Kraków.

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