Pieskowa Skała – the fortified castle

Pieskowa Skała – the fortified castle

The most wonderful view of the Pieskowa Skała castle stretches from the Prądnik Valley. In the foreground, you can see a limestone outlier known as the Mace of Hercules.

The fortified building was erected by order of King Casimir the Great already in the 14th century. It gained its Renaissance character more than 200 years later thanks to its owners, the Szafraniec family. They followed the verified example of Wawel. Architects brought from Italy raised the arcaded courtyard, while the clock tower was given a helmet similar to that from the towers of the Royal Castle. Next to the castle, the masters from Italy erected an architectonic gem: the arcaded loggia. Later they designed an Italian garden located on the terrace above the precipice. Today, the castle houses a museum presenting style changes in European art and Poland’s biggest gallery of English painting. The castle is also the perfect spot for the Renaissance Days organized here every June.

The Castle in Pieskowa Skała, phone: +48 12 389 6004, www.pieskowaskala.eu; opening hours: May–Sept, Tue-Thu 9am–5pm, Fri until 1am, Sat and Sun 10am–6pm; Apr and Oct, Tue-Thu and Sat-Sun 10am–4pm, Fri until 1am; Nov-March, only Sat and Sun 10am-4pm; admission to permanent exhibitions: PLN 10 and PLN 8, concessions: PLN 7 and PLN 5.

Other local attractions

Baroque Church from 1642 established on the remains of a Romanesque sanctuary, and the Hermitage of Blessed Salome situated in Grodzisko, between Pieskowa Skała and Ojców, on a hill above the Prądnik Valley.

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