Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Marlbork #1



The next series of pictures will be from the Teutonic Knights castle in Marlbork, Poland, about about 35 miles south of Gdansk. Built in the 14th century, this was the headquarters for the Christian crusaders that were ruthless and brutal in their pursuit of power and assets. In 1410, however, the Poles got tired of the bullying and gathered support from Lithuania and other countries to defeat the Teutonic Knights in the famous Battle of Grunwald. The knights were forced to evacuate the castle, and was occupied from then on by various Polish kings. In WWII it suffered huge damages from the war, and is only now nearly fully restored.

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7 comments:

Melody said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing!!

Beth F said...

I'm always a fan of castles!!

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Beautiful! But...I'm so GLAD I didn't live back then!

Elizabeth
Mystery Writing is Murder

ds said...

I love learning about Polish history through you. Thank, Sandy!

kaye said...

very interesting

Iliana said...

Some of our friends we met in Berlin were going to Poland this week. So jealous! With your pictures and the stories I'm sure they'll share with us I'll be itching to go there soon. Oh the travel bug :)

Natalie W said...

What a beautiful scene! Interesting history too.