Malbork Castle: Searching for Treasure and Legends in the Shadows of the Teutonic Order
Architectural Pride and Royal Inspiration
The castle has also been a witness to many political events and visits by royalty. In the 14th century, Polish king Casimir the Great visited the castle while his own residence was still made of wooden planks. The king was so irritated with this fact that nowadays he is famous for being the king who ruled “wooden Poland.” Polish tourist guides like to discuss other aspects of the Polish history of the castle as well, however, that timeframe is not as impressive as when the original inhabitants were housed within the fortress.
In the 19th century, a big project was started to restore the castle. It was carried out throughout the 19th and the first half of the 20th century. Two of the most famous men who led this project were Conrad Steinbrecht and Bernhard Schmid. The first one wanted to make Malbork Castle the idyllic castle with decorations related to the famous Nibelungenlied epic poem, which was very famous in Germany. Schmid, on the other hand, hoped to bring back the lost glory and ascetic style characteristic of the Teutonic Order. Both ideas failed due to World War II and tragic damage of the castle by the Russian army in 1945. However, many of the paintings created by Steinbrecht’s team still decorate the walls of the castle.
Castle in 1890/1905, during the German Empire. ( Public Domain )
Malbork castle is now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Thousands of tourists visit the castle every year. The castle is systematically restored, and every year researchers find out new information and lost treasures of all sizes. There are still many unsolved secrets related to hidden sacks of money and ghost sightings in and around the castle. There are so many legends and tales that Malbork castle will continue to surprise researchers for decades to come.
Top image: Picture taken in Malbork after Wikimania 2010 conference. Panorama of Malbork Castle. ( CC BY-SA 2.5 )
K. Gorski, Dzieje Malborka, 1973.
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