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Sunday, 29 May 2016

Arrival at Zamek Czocha

Late in the afternoon, we arrived at Castle Czocha in the south-west of Poland.  The castle was built in the 13th century.  We were all very excited to be here, and, after carrying all our luggage to our rooms on the 4th floor (no lifts), we went exploring.  

Outside the main castle gate is this medieval figure.  Note AD 1241.
This is the stone bridge leading to the front entrance.  The previous wooden bridge was replaced after Henryck von Uechtritz's funeral in 1719.  A group of mourners crossed the bridge with the coffin, and the bridge collapsed into the dry moat below.  Several mourners died.
There are various paths around the castle you can follow.
In various places, you find slits in the stone walls where medieval defenders would have shot the enemy with their bows and arrows.

The river Kwisa flows through the modern reservoir lake below the castle.

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