Castles and Palaces.
Many of the castles is picturesquely situated on inaccessible mountain tops. Most of these castles from the times of the Piast princes of Silesia. The first castles in these lands have appeared in the sixth century. After merging Silesia into the Polish state around the year 990 it became necessary to strengthen the southern border of the state. There began to appear defensive, wooden forts, and in the thirteenth century some of these castles were built of brick.
The importance of defensive castles began to decline as early as the seventeenth century, through the intercession of artillery. This was highlighted during fought on these lands during the Thirty Years War (1618-1648), which caused a lot of damage and many of the locks was never rebuilt after the war.
In the eighteenth century after the seizure of Silesia by Prussia many of the castle owners started rebuilding their castles into palaces. Other locks fell into disrepair after owners left them behind. The Second World War brought also much destruction among these structures.
But despite the destruction of these buildings they are still very interesting and picturesque part of the lower silesian landscape.
Each building here has its own secret. In some, according to legends, the ghosts of former owners can disturb the peace of visitors. For this reason Chojnik has become a hot spot for ghost hunters.
Some of the Palaces and Castles in Lower Silesia (Dolny Slask)
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