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Ruins of the Mazovian Dukes' Castle in the town of Czersk, near city of Warsaw (Warszawa). I was here in the S=summer of 2016. The castle was built at the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries in the Gothic style. The design was consciously irregular and had three towers, with the castle being surrounded by walls and a moat. It had great military importance and witnessed many interesting events. In the mid-16th century, when the castle became the residence of Queen Bona, it was modernised to perform defensive functions: there was the addition of a drawbridge and premises for the guards, the cylindrical-shaped south tower served as a prison, while the smallest one, the west tower, was occupied by watchmen, there was weapons storage and a full castle arsenal. During the Swedish invasion, the castle was devastated and never regained its former glory. Today the castle ruin consists of all three, relatively well-preserved towers. Visitors may access the tower entrance, and the vault between floors has been preserved (reconstructed in 1928-1929), as well as the south tower.

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Additional Photos by Lidia Krukowska (Lidka) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 278 W: 46 N: 725] (2726)
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