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In Renaissance Galleries

In Renaissance Galleries

Niepołomice Castle

Visiting
Niepołomice Museum, 2 Zamkowa Street (Muzeum Niepołomickie, ul. Zamkowa 2)
tel.: 0048 12 2619851

http://www.muzeum.niepolomice.pl
zamek@muzeum.niepolomice.pl

open daily: 10.00 AM – 5.00 PM.

Getting there
The castle lies 24 km from Krakow: head east from Nowa Huta toward Sandomierz on Road No. 79, then take Road No. 75 to Niepołomice. Other routes: take Road No. 4, heading south-east out of Krakow to Wielicza and then take Road No. 964 to the centre of Niepołomice.
Bus and mini-bus services also run from Krakow.

Accommodation, food and drink
The three-star Royal Castle Hotel (Hotel Zamek Królewski***),
2 Zamkowa Street (ul. Zamkowa 2)
tel.: 0048 12 2619801

http://www.zamekkrolewski.com.pl
hotel@zamekkrolewski.com.pl
It was from this castle, built at the behest of Kazimierz the Great (King Kazimierz III), that the kings of Poland would sally forth to hunt in the nearby, ancient, Niepołomice Forest. And hunting was a favourite pastime of many monarchs. Today, on the site of Kazimierz’s Gothic castle, a stunning Renaissance building may be marvelled at. Laid out as a square, it was erected during the time of King Zygmunt August (Zygmunt II, August I). Naturally, it was Wawel which served as the model upon which the Niepołomice residence was built. Today, a Renaissance portal still leads to the castle’s interior, whilst the courtyard is surrounded by a twostorey, arcaded gallery; originally, it featured three, but the top storey was demolished by order of the Austrian authorities during the Partitions. Following the example set by his father, Zygmunt the Elder, Zygmunt August employed Italian architects, including the famous master, Santi Gucci. The castle currently houses Niepołomice Museum, along with a hotel.

What else is worth seeing?
The Church of the Ten Thousand Martyrs, which was also endowed by Kazimierz the Great, can be visited on the nearby town square. Two chapels adjoin the church, the Renaissance Branicki Chapel and the Baroque Lubomirski Chapel of St. Karol Boromeusz.
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