The Medieval Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork bears the title of the largest brick castle of the world and it deservedly crowns the category on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Let us amaze you with its meticulously preserved Gothic interiors, where you will learn of the history of the Teutonic Order, the routine of Medieval life filled with vivid anecdotes and see an impressive collection of artefacts made of amber.
is a Gothic town situated 65 kilometres south to Gdansk
, in the boggy part of Pomerania
. The year of 1226 was when the Polish Duke of Masovia Konrad I invited the military Teutonic Order
to settle on the soil in order to proceed with the Christianisation of Old Prussian Tribes, whose territory bordered the land. Soon, the town then known as Marienburg
became the choice for the new monastic capital of the Teutonic Knights
, active participants of holy crusades, and the Malbork Castle started being erected. The massive brick fortress was built between 1280 and the beginning of the 15th century
, when the stabilised hegemony of land-greedy Teutonic Knights was brought an end with the First Battle of Grunwald
against the Polish and Lithuanian alliance
, being commonly regarded as the largest battle ever fought in the Middle Ages
. The enormous Malbork Castle represents the military and political power of the Teutonic Order accumulated throughout the preceding centuries.
The picturesque panorama of wall-fortified Malbork Castle, stretching along the bank of Nogat river, is highly promising in terms of what the museum offers. The High Castle part
is where you will see the gloomy underground cells
the Teutonic Knights would use to imprison their captured enemies, an eye-pleasing collection of sacral art
(including decorative portals or stained-glass casements) and a well-reconstructed Convent Kitchen or Refectory of the Orde
r, providing a lot of information on the dining habits of the Medieval period. The chambers of Teutonic dignitaries
or the multifunctional tower of Gdanisko
will convince you that the fortified castle was a complex where all the necessities of its residents were fully provided for. The ascetic interiors of The Blessed Virgin Mary Church
or St. Anne's Chapel
, where the tombs of Grand Masters are displayed, are where you will find out what degree religion would regulate the lives of Teutonic Knights to. The Middle Castle
is where an original heating system
implemented inside the structure is showcased, while the place itself is where you will see comprehensive exhibitions of historical weaponry
or amber art
displayed. The 14th-century Grand Master's Palace
, with richly decorated vaults and refectories, speaks volumes about the power of the Order, gained through numerous conquests and plundering.
Malbork Castle has even more to it, exemplifying the real spirit of the Middle Ages with the atmosphere it will provide you with. If you are interested in exploring the fortified mysteries of the mighty Teutonic Order, contact us for detailed assistance.