Castle 365 - Krzyżtopór

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Krzyżtopór is a castle located in Ujazd, Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship in Poland, Europe. It was the biggest palace construction in Europe before the rise of Versailles. The whole castle was built on a pentagonal plan. Four peaks ended with defensive towers. 
The construction of the castle was managed by the architect Wawrzyniec Senes, while the founder was Krzysztof Ossoliński.

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It is called “a castle unlike any other”. Since 2018, it has the status of a historical monument. 

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Currently, various attractions and shows of reconstruction groups take place in the castle. This year 2021, the shows have been slightly limited due to sanitary restrictions. 
An interesting attraction is the possibility of night sightseeing and visiting the cellars, which are not illuminated.

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This impressive construction was built between 1627-1644. It has as many windows as days of the year (365), 4 towers as 4 seasons of the year, 12 halls as 12 months, and as many rooms as weeks (52).

The five arms of the structure reflected:

  1. 5 human senses: taste, hearing, touch, smell and sight;
  2. 5 elements: earth, water, wind, fire, light;
  3. 5 worlds: physical, etheric, astral, mental, spiritual.

It is a palace and fortress in one. The water source decided about the location of the building.

The palace was destroyed during the Swedish invasion (The Deluge) and by the Russian army about 100 years later.

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There are two reliefs on the entrance gate of the castle: a cross and an ax. The castle undoubtedly impresses with its form and invites you to long walks. 

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At the end of the tour, you can go to the basement of the castle, where in a nice cafe you can have a hot coffee, tea, or eat ice creams or a cake. Certainly, the castle is a good place to visit, especially in times of a pandemic due to its open-air sightseeing. 

Enjoy your visit!

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Written by Sylwia S.

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