The Eagles' Nests Trail of Castles, Poland Photography

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Travelling on an overcast day from Czestochowa towards Krakow and with the sun only sometimes peering through the clouds it was not a preferred time to visit the medieval castles on that trail. Often built by the kings and noblemen to defend the borders, they are an important part of the history and also a great tourist attraction. So I felt they deserve to be included in the series of my images from Poland.



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1. Pieskowa Skala, Poland. In the Middle Ages the castle, which is one of the Eagles Nests on the trail from Czestochowa to Krakow, protected the Pradnik River valley. In the sixteenth century it was restored in the renaissance style.

2. Pieskowa Skala, Poland. The renaissance castle of Pieskowa Skala sits high on the limestone rocks and affords beautiful views of the Pradnik River valley.

3. Pieskowa Skala, Poland. The renaissance castle of Pieskowa Skala sits high on the limestone rocks and affords beautiful views of the Pradnik River valley. The pictured is an arcaded courtyard.

4. Hercules Club, Pieskowa Skala, Poland. This limestone pillar in the vicinity of the Pieskowa Skala castle in the Ojcow National Park is the most famous rock in the karst mountains. It is knows as Hercules Club.

5. The Ogrodzieniec Castle, Poland. With its beginning in the 12th century the castle belonged to some powerful Polish families. By the 16th century it became the most imposing renaissance fortress on the Eagles Nests Trail. The Swedish invasions of 1655 and 1702 left it in ruins and the castle was abandoned for another century. After the WWII it was partly rebuilt to serve as a tourist attraction.

6. The Ogrodzieniec Castle, Poland. With its beginning in the 12th century the castle belonged to some powerful Polish families. By the 16th century it became the most imposing renaissance fortress on the Eagles Nests Trail. The Swedish invasions of 1655 and 1702 left it in ruins and the castle was abandoned for another century. After the WWII it was partly rebuilt to serve as a tourist attraction.

7. The Ogrodzieniec Castle, Poland. A view from the castle window

8. The Ogrodzieniec Castle, Poland. With its beginning in the 12th century the castle belonged to some powerful Polish families. By the 16th century it became the most imposing renaissance fortress on the Eagles Nests Trail. The Swedish invasions of 1655 and 1702 left it in ruins and the castle was abandoned for another century. After the WWII it was partly rebuilt to serve as a tourist attraction.

9. The Ogrodzieniec Castle, Poland. The pictured are rock formations at the foot of the castle. This one resembles some legendary dragon turned into stone.

10. The Ogrodzieniec Castle, Poland. With its beginning in the 12th century the castle belonged to some powerful Polish families. By the 16th century it became the most imposing renaissance fortress on the Eagles Nests Trail. The Swedish invasions of 1655 and 1702 left it in ruins and the castle was abandoned for another century. After the WWII it was partly rebuilt to serve as a tourist attraction.

11. The Olsztyn Castle, Malopolska, Poland. The Olsztyn castle is on the Eagles Nests Trail in Malopolska - Lesser Poland region. Built in the fourteenth century and destroyed in 1587by the army of Maximilian Habsburg the castle slowly deteriorated and its building material used to build a parish church. These days this is a tourist attraction and every autumn fireworks and laser displays are organised.

12. Olsztyn, Malopolska, Poland. The couple is admiring the view of a small town from the grounds of the fourteenth century castle.

13. The Olsztyn Castle, Malopolska, Poland. The Olsztyn castle is on the Eagles Nests Trail in Malopolska - Lesser Poland region. Built in the fourteenth century and destroyed in 1587 by the army of Maximilian Habsburg the castle slowly deteriorated and its building material used to build a parish church. These days this is a tourist attraction and every autumn fireworks and laser displays are organised.

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