Poland has many palaces and castles dating from the middle ages to the nineteenth century. Presented here are the ones in the southern part of the country. These images can be used for travel brochures, magazines, newspaper articles or for private use.
1. The Lancut Palace, Poland. The pictured is the southern aspect of the palace; one of the towers crowned with the onion shaped dome is on the left. The one before it is known as the Hen's Foot. Below stretches the Perennial Garden.
2. The Lancut Palace, Poland. The pictured here is the Italian garden in the Lancut palace with a fountain, columns and some sculptures.
3. A garden sculpture, Lancut, Poland. This garden sculpture is one of those standing in the Italian palace garden.
4. The Lancut Palace, Poland. Later in the afternoon the clouds gather above the pink and cream palace with the two towers. The one on the left and a part of the wall are overgrown with ivy.
5. The Kozlowka Palace, Poland. The garden facade of the eighteenth century Zamoyski Palace, which is located in Kozlowka, Lubartow County.
6. A fountain, Kozlowka Palace, Poland. The palace fountain was made to resemble the one of many that adorn gardens of Versailles in France.
7. The palace gardens, Kozlowka, Poland. The gardens of the Zamoyski's palace received their current form at the start of the nineteenth century - the pictured, middle part is French in style while the rest shows Italian influences.
8. The staircase, Kozlowka Palace, Poland. The white marble staircase and picture gallery at the Kozlowka Palace
9. A vase, Nieborow, Poland. The ceramic vase at the museum in Nieborow, Poland
10. The Nieborow Palace, Poland. The first palace was built here at the end of the seventeenth century, and its consecutive owners added or changes some of the elements of decoration.
11. A chapel window, Leszczynski Palace, Poland. This stained glass window is one of the five in the palace chapel. It has been designed by Jozef Mehoffer, the renown painter and artist of the Young Poland period (1890-1918). he studied at the art academies in Krakow, Paris and Vienna, and in his later period he became involved in techniques such as stained glass.
12. A gallery, The Leszczynski Palace, Poland. This gallery located in the west wing of the palace had been decorated with the paintings of the famous Italian sites: Napoli, Rome, Venice, Florence, Taormina and others. The row of crystal chandeliers lights up the room.
13. The Leszczynski Palace, Poland. The photo of the palace was taken in the rain.
14. The Cathedral, Krakow, Poland. The Wawel Cathedral played an important role in the Polish history. Over the centuries the kings were crowned and buried here alongside their families and the most prominent citizens of the country. The cathedral has many chapels of which the most beautiful is the Zygmunt's with the golden cupola.
15. The Wawel Cathedral, Krakow, Poland. The cathedral of Saints Stanislaw and Waclaw, built between 1320-1364 has some fine chapels, royal tombs and a remnant of the earlier cathedral from the eleventh century.
16. The Krasiczyn Palace, Poland. The main staircase leads to the second floor rooms that contain mostly the old photographs and a few items of the priests' clothing.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. Krzyztopor Castle, Ujazd, Poland. The ruins of the seventeenth century castle built for the powerful magnate Krzysztof Ossolinski.
20. Krzyztopor Castle, Ujazd, Poland. The ruins of the seventeenth century castle built for the powerful magnate Krzysztof Ossolinski. In its original state it was enormous but it survived for eleven years only before it was destroyed during the Swedish Deluge of 1655.
21. The castle ruins, Kazimierz Dolny, Poland. The ruins of the fourteenth century castle in the early morning sun.
22. Pieskowa Skala, Poland. The renaissance castle of Pieskowa Skala sits high on the limestone rocks and affords beautiful views of the Pradnik River valley.
23. 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.
24. 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.