Friday, March 11, 2016

Malbork Castle, Poland

Malbork is a small town in northern Poland with around 39,000 residents.  It is about a 25-minute train ride from Gdańsk.

The town was founded in the 13th century by the Knights of the Teutonic Order.  The city's claim to fame is the castle which was the order's headquarters.

The castle was completed in 1406 and was the largest brick castle in the world.  The Teutonic Knights were a German Roman Catholic religious order of crusaders and they named the castle Marienburg, (Mary's Castle).

The castle was heavily damaged during the war and reconstruction began in 1962.  Further restoration should complete soon.

In 1997, the castle became a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Malbork Castle is still the largest brick building in Europe.

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