Krasiczyn

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Main Courtyard

Main Courtyard

Today we went to Krasiczyn to visit a castle/palace. Piotr told us that there was nothing there. We managed to persuade the GPS to accept the street address but not the number and we headed off. We travelled along lovely back roads for about 20 minutes and then came out onto a main road which was much busier. I was surprised at the number of bicycles on the roads. It is very flat country so I suppose they make good sense.

We came across some roadworks in Przeworsk. They were incredible. Their work was outstanding. The finish was billiard table smooth and was clearly built to last. Oh yeah, none of this woosy fencing and closing most everywhere. The workers and the cars managed to keep apart without WH&S getting their knickers in a twist.

Architecture

Architecture

Driving through Przemysl was a bit fraught. The GPS does no talk and it is in the middle of the dash. Watching it and the road when things are busy leads to a bit of excitement. Anyway we found Krasiczyn and signs to the castle but managed to miss it first time around. How can you miss a castle? Not to worry. We turned around in the next village and found it the second time around.

On entry we were told there were no tours today but the guard offered to give us a private tour himself. The castle was stunning. It is being slowly refurbished and many of the rooms were empty but the architecture had to be seen to be believed. Roman faces were frescoed all around, each named although some names had not passed the test of time.

View from Bell Tower

View from Bell Tower

I was given the opportunity to climb the bell tower. There has never been a tower I would not climb so I was away. It was not so bad; only a bit over two hundred steps and they appeared to be relatively new. Anna suggested the stair case might have been destroyed during the war to stop the tower being used as an observation/firing point.

Vestments

Vestments

We visited one room where there was some furniture and examples of clerical vestments.

Underneath I was taken into the dungeon. It came with very low light and sound effects including screams, a boar growling and some others that I did not recognise. I the gloom there was a torture chamber complete with apparatus and a couple of long dead skeletons. There was even a bat.

Torture Chamber

Torture Chamber

The guard then took us to the family crypt. Many of the people were very young when they died.

Castle grounds

Castle grounds

After this the guard left us and we toured the grounds. The Prince had a very nice idea. For each son he planted an oak and for each daughter he planted a linden. Each had a monument under it with the child’s name and date of birth. There was a lovely pond, with ducks, forming the main feature of the gardens.

We left Krasiczyn and headed to Arboretum Bolestraszce but had a short stop for coffee in Przemysl. It is a well maintained town but nothing grabbed me for a photograph.

The arboretum however was something special.

Arboretum

Arboretum bridge

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

It was started in 1975 by the communists. The grounds had formerly been a personal palace. The tree growth was amazing and there were still some autumn colours. The Chinese metasequoia was showing lovely warm shades. We wandered around looking at the various trees and art work. Someone is into making bamboo creations. They were liberally scattered all around. There was an interesting bridge zig zagging across the pond. Each corner had a description of what one could see.

We walked around most of the site. We met peacocks and pheasants in the far extremity. We also found a chapel with a

Art work

Art work

lovely view over the pond.

 

Eventually we found our way back to Go and called it a day.