"The Lublin Castle with the Castle Chapel" Lublin Things to Do Tip by evaanna

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  Lublin Castle
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Originally built in the 12th century, the castle has been re-built many times since then. The most precious part of it is the Castle Chapel dedicated to the Holy Trinity and founded by King Kazimierz Wielki (Kazimierz the Great). The chapel's walls are covered with invaluable Russian-Byzantine frescoes dating back to 1418 and commissioned by King Wladyslaw Jagiello.
No photography inside.

Sadly, the castle is best known for the role it played in WWII as a Gestapo prison for 3000 people, where altogether 40,000 Poles were jailed, tortured and killed or deported to the concentration camps in Ravensbruck or Majdanek.
After the war the place was used by the communist authorities to imprison and torture the so-called enemies of the system, including former members of the AK (Armia Krajowa - the Home Army), who had fought for their homeland on many fronts with the Allied Forces. That was their 'reward' in their own country.

Photo by Andrzej Kaznowski

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  • Updated Jun 17, 2007
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