Makeover for 14th-century Teutonic castle in northeastern Poland

A 14th-century Teutonic castle has reopened to the public in northeastern Poland after a three-year makeover aiming to turn it into a major tourist draw.

The medieval castle in the northeastern Polish town of Szczytno was built around the year 1350 by the Knights of the Teutonic Order.

The medieval castle in the northeastern Polish town of Szczytno was built around the year 1350 by the Knights of the Teutonic Order.Photo: PAP/Tomasz Waszczuk

After the renovation, the castle in the northeastern town of Szczytno will serve as a venue for concerts, exhibitions, business events, social functions and educational activities.The 14th-century castle was once home to the mighty Knights of the Teutonic Order, which controlled vast expanses of land in medieval Europe.The 14th-century castle was once home to the mighty Teutonic Knights, who controlled large swathes of territory in medieval Europe. Photo: PAP/Tomasz Waszczuk

The run-down castle, renovated at a cost of around PLN 17 million (EUR 3.8 million, USD 4.6 million), will be illuminated at nighttime to bear witness to the town’s colorful history, which included a period centuries ago when it was home to the mighty Knights of the Teutonic Order.The medieval stronghold now serves as a venue for concerts, exhibitions, social functions and educational projects.The medieval stronghold now serves as a venue for concerts, exhibitions, business events, social functions and educational projects. Photo: PAP/Tomasz Waszczuk

More than six centuries ago, allied Polish and Lithuanian forces crushed the Knights of the Teutonic Order at the 1410 Battle of Grunwald in what is considered to be one of the most glorious and significant military victories in Polish history.

Fought on July 15, 1410, the Battle of Grunwald saw Polish King Władysław Jagiełło and his army of allied forces defeat the war machine of the Teutonic Knights, which had previously been regarded as invincible.

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Source: PAPonet.pl

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