S T O R I E S from K R A K O W
With all the chaos back in SA we chose to take to the roads today. Early this morning, we decided to leave social media, mainstream media and all the madness behind and escape to nature’s beauty instead.
We visited Zamek w Wisniczu, about 45 km south of Krakow. This castle has an irregular shape, pretty much like that of the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town South Africa. In the 1590s and 1610s, it had a four-wing structure, three towers and fortifications surrounding the castle with two gates. After the year 1516, Piotr Kmita expanded the castle. After his death in 1553, the castle came into ownership of the Barzów in 1566, which ceded ownership rights of the castle to the Stadnickis. In 1593 Sebastian Lubomirski bought the castle. In between the years of 1615 to 1621, Sebastian Lubomirski’s son Stanisław Lubomirski undertook the expansion of the castle.
The architect Maciej Trapola drew up the project of the Baroque reconstruction and bastion fortifications. During the Deluge the Swedes looted the castle and destroyed the castle. After Sweden was defeated by the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the castle was seeded to the Lubomirskich, which carried out restoration works which have not been completed. After the first half of the eighteenth century, the castle became the property of the Sanguszko princely family, later the Potocki family, and the House of Zamoyski. After the Third Partition of Poland, the castle started falling into decline, and in 1831 the castle was destroyed by a fire and left abandoned.
In the year of 1901, the castle was bought by Professor Maurycy Straszewski of the Lubomirski Ancestral Federation (Zjednoczenie Rodowe Lubomirskich) which had commenced the renovation the castle.
From 1928, Adolf Szyszko-Bohusz supervised renovation, however further renovation was stopped due to the outbreak of World War II. After World War II, the castle was seized by the state, and from the year of 1949, renovation was conducted by Alfred Majewski, which was to restore the castle to its former structure.
The history of the castle is enlivened by many legends (the legend of the Queen Bona, the legend of the “flyers”, the legend of the stone “mushroom”). Many well-known artists (Marcin Bielski, Klemens Janicki, Juliusz Kossak, Jan Matejko, Stanisław Orzechowski, Stanisław Wyspiański) visited the castle in centuries past.
We stopped for a late lynch in the little village of Leksandrowa overlooking the most beautiful valley from the hills. On the way home we chose some less familiar roads traveled by, through dozens of smaller villages that brought us back past lake Dobczyce we already visited before, but from the opposite side of the lake.
A magical outing in a fairy-tale country I now call home.
with ♡ from Krakow