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The Castle of Pieskowa Skała

The castle of Pieskowa Skała is situated in the heart of the Ojców National Park, about 30 km northeast of Krakow. The fortress and a nearby rock formation called the Club of Hercules dominate the picturesque landscape of the Prądnik River Valley. Pieskowa Skała is exceptional not only for the beauty of its natural setting, but also for its outstanding architecture and fascinating history. The stronghold was built during the reign of Casimir the Great (r. 1333-1370) to safeguard the route between Krakow and Silesia. At the end of the 14th century, the castle passed into the hands of the Szafraniec family. In the late 16th century Stanisław Szafraniec renovated and expanded Pieskowa Skała creating an impressive Renaissance residence with an arcaded courtyard and pillared loggia. The work was completed about 1578. In the 17th century, the castle’s new owner, Michał Zebrzydowski, expanded the fortifications with a bastion, closing off the large exterior court.

Today the castle is a museum, which houses a collection of European art.

www.pieskowaskala.eu

The Manor House at Stryszow

Located at the foot of Mount Chełm in the Beskid Makowski mountain range near Wadowice and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, the manor house at Stry-szów is one of the most interesting and unique monuments of manorial architecture to survive in this region. Built at the end of the 16th century and remodeled in the mid-18th century, the manor is an example of a modest country residence of the Polish gentry.
Since 1969 the manor has been a museum, featur­ing 19th-century furnished interiors.

www.dwor-stryszow.pl