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The Dining Hall in the Middle Castle, the “Great Refectory” in the Malbork Castle.

The Teutonic Order was founded in the 12th century during the Crusades to the Holy Land, its purpose was to protect pilgrims and the care of the sick in the hospitals they founded. In later centuries the Teutonic Knights became warriors and they did not have in Malbork modest life as monks, but they lived in luxury. This prove magnificent rooms in the castle.

The refectory was heavily damaged during the Second World War, for a long time tourists were not allowed to visit it. It was only in 2007 after extensive repairs that the room could be opened for visitors.
At 30m x 15m this is the largest room in Malbork Castle. It has a beautiful rib vault ceiling which rests on three slender pillars. The room could be heated by means of this effective underfloor heating. Great Refectory served as a hall where feasts for 400 people were held.

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