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This would have to be high on the lists of "must sees" for visitors to Szczecin. Sited on a commanding position (originally strategic, no doubt) it is one of the landmarks of the City skyline, along with the huge Basilica (see seperate tip).
The first structure here was built in 1346 - 1347 by Duke Barnim III, one of the Pomeranian Dukes it is named for. Extended over the years by successive Dukes, it was completely rebuilt in the mid 16th century in Rennaissance style, and was much as we see it today. The depradations of World War 2 seriously damaged the structure of the building, and much rebuilding work had to be undertaken in the post-war period. Judging by the numbers of workmen I saw about the place, that work continues to this day.
The Castle is obviously the cultural centre of the City, housing the Opera House and the Museum of the Sargophagi and Art Gallery (see seperate tip) amongst other things. There is an open air arena in the central courtyard which has concerts in good weather.
The only thing that slightly detracts from this otherwise beautiful building is the unsightly graffiti on the exterior walls (see main photo) but I suppose that is an unfortunate fact of modern life.
Admission to the complex itself is free, although there are seperate charges for the Museum etc.
Address: ul. Korsarzy 34, 70-540 Szczecin
Directions: The impressive building on the river near the large bridge.
othercontact: Fax: (+4891) 4340-286
Phone: (+4891) 4891-630
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