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This are the ruins of Old Książ Castle in Lower Silesia, Wałbrzych, Poland. 

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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. ;)


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jeziorki Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Frozen - HUG!  ....i widzimy bal na zamku....Hug śliczne ujęcie i piękny opisHeart - Free mnóstwo buziaczkówLove in the Air 
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Wanderlouve Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Mnóstwo buziaków i dziękuję! :hug: :kiss: 
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eaglesdarephoto Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That is a gorgeous photo. I love the colors, the contrast and the composition. Your description is wonderful and informative. It sounded like it was an amazing place in its day.
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Wanderlouve Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank You!!! It menas so much to me! I am so glad and thankful that You say what You think about the photo and description. :hug: :heart:
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eaglesdarephoto Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome, it is my pleasure. Hug 
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Wanderlouve Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: !
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flamingodancer123 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Thank you so much for the history lesson!!!  I love it when photographers can give such details, it brings the building alive for me!!  I would so love to visit Poland, I have met more artists from Poland on DA than any other country I think!!!  And one last thing, great shot!!!Hug 
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Wanderlouve Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Ooooh! :hug: Thank You! I appreciate it so much, your comment actually made my day. :) So glad You read description and like it... :) If You ever come to Poland I would gladly show You some places. ;) :hug:
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flamingodancer123 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
That would be my dream, but sad to say I don't have that kind of money.  But that's why I so appreciate art and photos, I feel like I'm visiting!!:)
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Wanderlouve Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Same here! haha :) :hug:
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flamingodancer123 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
:D
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iondissonant Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
trees are ideally combined with the ruins perfectly complement each other
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Wanderlouve Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yes they look wonderful together. :) Thank You :heart:
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iondissonant Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
i know winky icon for DA please:hold: 
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Wanderlouve Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Heart - Free Llama Emoji-02 (Blush) [V1] Вы очаровательны. (I am not sure if i write it properly :D)
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iondissonant Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Heart - Free Heart - Free Heart free avatar спасибо большое вы самая красивая обворожительная милая и добраяNeko (Lennon)  Little Busters [V9] and yes it properly
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Wanderlouve Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I used to learn russian but just a little. :D I think I must get back to learning. :D 'cause it's a beautiful language. И спасибо за комплименты !

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iondissonant Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
learning is excellent write correctly and without mistakes:D (Big Grin) , glad that the Russian language liked а такой милой девушке хочется сделать комплементHeart - Free Heart Love 
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Wanderlouve Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: ! :D
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