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Pszczyna - a city in southern Poland, in the Silesian Voivodeship, the seat of the Pszczyna Poviat authorities and the urban-rural Pszczyna commune. Often referred to as the Pearl of Upper Silesia.
It has a population of around 26,000.

Pszczyna Castle, is a classical-style palace in the city of Pszczyna (former German name: Pless), now in southwestern Poland. Constructed as a castle in 13th century or earlier, in a Gothic architectural style, it was rebuilt in a Renaissance style in the 17th century. During the course of the 18th and 19th centuries, the exterior of the castle was partially changed into a Baroque-Classical style. The Classicist modernization transformed the complex into what is usually described a palace.

In its history the castle was a residence of Silesian and Polish Piast nobles, then the German von Promnitz noble clan (mid-16th to mid-18th centuries) and later the German von Pless family. The castle became owned by the German state after the death of the last Prince of Pless, Hans Heinrich XV in 1936. After World War II, following postwar border changes that transferred the area to Poland, it was turned into a museum.

In 2009 it was voted as one of the "Seven Architectural Wonders of the Silesian Voivodeship" by the Silesian authorities and is often described as one of the most beautiful castle residences in Poland.
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