June 2, 2002 - Malbork Castle

Malbork Castle, about an hour outside of Gdansk, was the home of the Teutonic Knights.  Large portions of the castle were destroyed during World War II but were rebuilt to the original specifications in the following years.

Malbork Castle...click for a larger panoramic view

Malbork Castle...click for a larger panoramic view

 

The grounds at Malbork Castle

The grounds at Malbork Castle

Statue mounted flush with the outer wall

Statue mounted flush with the outer wall

The outer wall of Malbork Castle

The outer wall of Malbork Castle

The main gate leading to the inner courtyard

The main gate leading to the inner courtyard

A door within a door

A door within a door

The courtyard within Malbork Castle

The courtyard within Malbork Castle

One of the alcoves made by the walls

One of the alcoves made by the walls

A hallway within the castle

A hallway within the castle

A painting high on the wall

A painting high on the wall

Beautiful architecture inside the castle

Beautiful architecture inside the castle

Statues of famous rulers of the castle

Statues of famous rulers of the castle

Ivy grown into the shape of a cross

Ivy grown into the shape of a cross

The drawbridge

The drawbridge

One of the towers

One of the towers

Me standing in front of the well

Me standing in front of the well

An ornate window

An ornate window

The kitchen

The kitchen

An interesting window

An interesting window

A decorative gnome at the bottom of a ceiling support

A decorative gnome at the bottom of a ceiling support

Preserved artwork inside the cathedral

Preserved artwork inside the cathedral

More ancient artwork

More ancient artwork

Wooden sculptures

Wooden sculptures

Dorota and me inside the cathedral

Dorota and me inside the cathedral

Pretending to wash my hands in the wash-basin

Pretending to wash my hands in the wash-bas

A view of the courtyard from the top of the cathedral

A view of the courtyard from the top of the cathedral

The Malbork Castle grounds

The Malbork Castle grounds

Beautifully restored roof of the castle

Beautifully restored roof of the castle

More castle grounds

More castle grounds

The river which provides a natural barrier to the castle

The river which provides a natural barrier to the castle

A large gate at the boundry of the castle grounds

A large gate at the boundry of the castle grounds