Malbork Castle (Gdansk, Poland) Reviews
Description:Sightseeing Type: Castles / Palaces / This is a classic example of a medieval fortress and the world’s largest brick ... more
Newest Review: ... king Wladyslaw Jagiello, inflicted a decisive military defeat on the Order at the battle of Grunwald in 1410, there was no real political follow up. The last Grand Master Albert von Hohenzollern converted to Lutheranism and the lands of the order became the secular Ducal Prussia, nominally paying feudal dues to the Polish crown, but in reality pretty much independent, not only of Poland, ... more
Customer Malbork Castle (Gdansk, Poland) Reviews (2)
by - written on 01/12/09 (Very useful, 347 readings)
Malbork is a sleepy, shabby town on the Nogat river. Its main claim to world fame is the huge, magnificent castle of the Teutonic Knights. ** Teutonic Knights, or to give them their full name, Knights Hospitaliers of St Mary were, with the Templars and the Hospitaliers of St John, among the military orders that emerged from the Crusades. Unlike their better known counterparts, after Palestine was lost to the Crusaders' cause, The Teutonic Knights established themselves in Poland following an invitation from the Duke Konrad of Mazovia who wanted their help fighting the pagan tribes of Prussians, Jacvingians and Lithuanians. The Teutonic ... Read the complete review
by - written on 04/08/09 (Very useful, 857 readings)
Malbork itself is unspectacular, a medium sized town south of Trojmiasto with a mixture of typical communist grey blocks and the occasional red bricked building, there's a fair amount of park. Malbork Castle however is a mammoth reminder of a bygone era in these parts. Built over 3 decades in the late 13th century in what was then Prussia, Malbork castle was the headquarters of the Teutonic Knights, in fact it's kind of ironic that one of Poland's most magnificent buildings and the world's largest brick castle was mostly used by enemies throughout its battle history. Despite its controversial background, a trip to Poland is incomplete without having visited ... Read the complete review
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