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Old Ksiaz Castle by Wanderlouve Old Ksiaz Castle by Wanderlouve
Oh gosh how I miss my trips. Because of leg in gypsum I cannot even go for a walk around the house, not to mention a journey... Ehhh so I am browsing my photos from different places and decided to put this one here, 'cause this ruins are truly wonderful and big and have great story.

In the vicinity of approx. 800 m from Książ, on a steep cliff, on the left shore of Pełcznica, you can discover the Old Książ Castle, built in the years 1794–1797 from the initiative of Hans Heinrich VI von Hochberg. This 18th century construction was designed by Christian Wilhelm Tischbein as gothic style ruins, fashionable at that time.

Artificial ruins were erected in the place of a fortified castle that probably existed in the Middle Ages. The castle offers the visitor a number of rooms, including a prison with a chamber of torture, court room, arsenal, bedroom, paintings gallery. The castle served as a place where the Książ owners could receive visitors and organize receptions and entertainment.
A tournament square constituted one of the castle’s elements. The first tournament was held on 20 May 1799. The show was observed by around 1000 people, among whom was John Quincy Adams – American minister at the court in Berlin, the later president of the United States of America, as well as the Prussian royal couple, which came to Książ from Bukowiec.

In the half of the 19th century, the castle was practically transformed into a tourist facility. There were a restaurant, kitchen and sleeping rooms on the ground floor, and in summer season tables were placed on the courtyard.
The developed tourist route from Świebodzice to Szczawno Zdrój crossed the Old Książ. Vantage points with granite benches and several inns were situated along the way and roads were constantly improved. For a long time the Old Książ Castle played the role of a museum with richly furnished interior. Guests were guided around the museum by a castellan, at first for a tip and later for a small fee.

On May 1945, when Książ was taken over by soldiers of the Soviet Army, the castle burnt entirely. Only minor fragments of the main building, chapel and tower, two Renaissance portals and pointed-arched windows have been preserved until today. But they're still very charming.

When I revocer, I'm going back there!
Old Książ Castle, Wałbrzych, Poland.

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Buntcone Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
what a cool old castle! :D there's a nice balance to the composition of this capture :clap:
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Wanderlouve Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
sad thing - thera was a fire yesterday and burned a lot of this beautiful building - losses are enormous :(
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Buntcone Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
whaaaaat? fuck no! :(
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Wanderlouve Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
yup :( i really love this castle and it hurts my feelings. hope the owner will handle the reconstruction and stuff
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Buntcone Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I love castles too and that sucks! :( it kinda reminds me of one I photographed :nod:
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Wanderlouve Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
and thousands more that exists, yes, but for me this one is special :D so fuck you fire on that roof!
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Buntcone Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
right on sista' !!!! fuck you mr fire! :slap:
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Android-shooter Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is beautiful lil lady, great info as well. Thanks for the submission.
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Wanderlouve Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure!
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Android-shooter Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I look forward to more, when you are able.
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Wanderlouve Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh if so, I must browse my "Ksiaz" folder and add something new!
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Android-shooter Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Take your time :)
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jeziorki Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Heart Heart Heart śliczne zdjęcie i piękny szczegółowy opis ..:happybounce: buziaki i głowa do góry!!!!Heart +fav Heart 
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Wanderlouve Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Dziękuję, buziaki :*
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antubis0 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
w te drzwi na wieżę można wejść?
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Wanderlouve Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Tak! :) 
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antubis0 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
fajnie.
A tak w ogóle ładne zdjęcie :]
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Wanderlouve Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Dzięki. :)
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christophf Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Fuerstenstein?
Familie von Hochberg?
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Wanderlouve Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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christophf Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
princess Daisy ;-)
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Wanderlouve Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
! :D
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