The Castle of Pszczyna, Pszczyna

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Pszczyna Castle, sometimes referred to as the Pless Castle, is a classical-style palace in the city of Pszczyna (formerly called "Pless") in south-western 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 Promnitz family members (mid-16th to mid-18th centuries) and later the von Pless family. The castle has been state-owned since 1936, after the death of the last Prince of Pless, Hans Heinrich XV. In 1946 it was turned into a museum operating until today.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.HistoryIn the early the Middle Ages, Pszczyna was a stronghold of the Piast dynasty and several dukes of Poland. The city belonged to the historical region of Lesser Poland (Małopolska) until 1177, when it became part of the Duchy of Racibórz. From this time on, it also was part of the Bishopric of Kraków. In 1548, the palace was sold to the noble Promnitz family from Saxony and given a Renaissance appearance, which it lost after a fire. It was subsequently rebuilt in a more baroque style.
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  • The city of Silesia with a beautiful history and well preserved Castle. Around the castle park with many attractions, but the time of year in which it visited a not fully captures its charm. Refurbished stables and coach house worth seeing, the Zoo with dolphins, ponds and canals, old trees, are the backdrop for the castle of the Prince of the Lord.
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  • A fantastic place with history! We were there a few times and always return to the beautiful Daisy! It is worth to read her story because it is intertwined with the history of Silesia and Polish. Beautifully furnished for the past because he had luck and escaped looting, destruction-while keeping your own home. Be sure to also visit Promnice (close) and of course the Książ-all good Hohbergów.
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  • Cool variety during the weekend in the Park of Pszczyna. If someone chooses to walk or ride a bike through the Park is nice, but not if someone would have specifically come from afar only for Castle it'd be stopped, but the whole complex and the town of Pszczyna, I highly recommend
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