Malbork Castle - Teutonic Order in Malbork, Poland


The Malbork Castle in Malbork, Poland, is the largest castle in the world by surface area, and the largest brick building in Europe.

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It was built in Prussia by the Teutonic Knights, a German Roman Catholic religious order of crusaders, in a form of an Ordensburg fortress. The Order named it Marienburg (Mary's Castle). The town which grew around it was also named Marienburg.

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Entrance to the castle ( A entrada do Castelo )

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Malbork Castle, Pomorskie, Poland, Europe

The castle is a classic example of a medieval fortress and, on its completion in 1406, was the world's largest brick castle. UNESCO designated the "Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork" and the Malbork Castle Museum as the World Heritage Site in December 1997. It is one of two World Heritage Sites in the region with origins in the Teutonic Order. The other is the "Medieval Town of Torun", founded in 1231 as the site of the castle Thorn (Torun).

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History – Origins:
The castle was built by the Teutonic Order after the conquest of Old Prussia. Its main purpose was to strengthen their own control of the area following the Order's 1274 suppression of the Great Prussian Uprising of the Baltic tribes. No contemporary documents survive relating to its construction, so instead the castle's phases have been worked out through the study of architecture and the Order's administrative records and later histories.

Malbork Castle - Battle Castle with Dan Snow

Residence of the Polish kings
In 1466 both castle and town became part of Royal Prussia, a province of Poland. It served as one of the several Polish royal residences, fulfilling this function until the Partitions of Poland in 1772. During this period the Tall Castle served as the castle's supply storehouse, while the Great Refectory was a place for balls, feasts, and other royal events.

After the Partitions of Poland
After Prussia and the Russian Empire made the First Partition of Poland in 1772, the town became part of the Kingdom of Prussia province of West Prussia. At that time, the officials used the rather neglected castle as a poorhouse and barracks for the Prussian Army. Wikipedia

Malbork Castle - Eastern Wall
Malbork Castle

Credit photo: Zamek Malborkl

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