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Salt mines, Highland castles and a Highland fortress to end all fortresses

Salt mines, Highland castles and a Highland fortress to end all fortresses

Dębno Castle

Visiting
The Dębno Castle Museum, a branch of the District Museum in Tarnów, is located at Dębno 189,
tel.: 0048 14 6658035

http://www.zamekdebno.pl

open
Tue. and Thurs. 10.00 AM – 4.00 PM;
Wed. and Fri. 9.00 AM – 3.00 PM;
Sat. and Sun. 11.00 AM – 2.00 PM;

Jul. and Aug., to 6.00 PM.

Getting there
The castle is over 60 km from Krakow: take Road No. 4. There is a free car park by the entrance to the castle grounds. It is also possible to get here by bus from Krakow.
At the foot of Dębno’s enchanting knights’ castle, in September, year in and year out, hundreds of knights in gleaming armour enter the lists to fight for The Golden Braid of Tarłówna. Tarłówna was the daughter of the fortress owner in days of yore. The legend tells of how her father walled her up alive in the castle tower in punishment for her love for one who served at the castle. The White Lady, her ghost, is said to walk the castle to this day. Extra sparkle is lent to the tournament by stunt displays, salutes fired from venerable cannon, ‘medieval’ jugglers’ shows, theatre performances and presentations of the courtly dances of times long-gone. The International Knights’ Tournament in Dębno already has over a dozen years of tradition behind it and has become one of the largest events of its kind in Poland. However, Dębno Castle is not only worth visiting during the tournament. This Late Gothic knight’s residence was established between 1470 and 1480, endowed by the Castellan, Jan Dębiński, who hailed from the Małopolska Odrowąż family. It is a brick edifice, with richly detailed decorative stone elements, such as the framing of the windows, the cantilevers of picturesque windows or the magnificent portals creating four wings surrounding a compact inner courtyard. There are several intriguing museum exhibitions inside. Furniture, pictures and weapons dating from the 17th to 19th centuries are amongst the artefacts which can be seen on display, while the castle kitchen, with its ancient fittings preserved, always excites great interest.

What else is worth seeing?
An original, Late Gothic historical building can be visited in Dębno, namely the Parish Church of St. Małgorzata, built between 1470 and 1504 from Jan Dębiński’s endowment. Seven Gothic portals have survived in the single-nave, stone church, whilst amongst the artefacts its interior holds are esteemed epitaphs, and a Neo-Gothic altar and there is also a copy of a Gothic triptych, the original of which has been transferred to the National Museum in Krakow.
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