Krzyżtopór (formerly Krzysztopór) - the former castle located in Ujazd in Świętokrzyskie voivodeship in southern Poland. Erected in the seventeenth century. The castle was partially destroyed during the Swedish invasion known as The Deluge in 1655, and then reduced to ruin during the war of the Bar Confederation by the Russians in 1770.
Krzyżtopór name derives from the merger of two Polish words Krzyż - cross and Topór - ax.
The cross was a symbol of faith and politics provincial governor, ax Ossolińskich crest. Both of these symbols are placed on the gate to the palace. Ossoliński called his palace"Krzysztofory", which is probably derived from the etymology of his name (gr. Christophoros - Krzysztof).
gate to the castle
The castle was built between 1627-1644 by Christopher Ossoliński, it was never fully completed. This is an extensive castle in the Italian style palazzo in fortezza type.
one of the corner towers
courtyard of the castle
Krzysztof Ossoliński died suddenly a year after its completion. He left behind a debt capital which was inherited by his son Christopher Baldwin Ossoliński. After the death of Christopher Baldwin Ossoliński (1649), the palace has inherited a relative of the family Kalinowski. The palace was looted during Swedish invasion (1655). Inhabited until 1770, when it was destroyed by the Russian army during the defense of the supporters of the Confederation of Bar.
next to the courtyard
somewhere in the castle
The history of the palace and its splendor is still not fully explained, this is the reason for the rise several legends around it. One of them is the story of the application in the palace of the symbolism of numbers referring to the calendar: the windows had as many as days in a year, the rooms as much as weeks; large rooms as much as months, and four corner turrets symbolize the number of quarters.
view from the outside
Today, the palace has the status of a permanent ruin. In the former classification of monuments was included in the zero class. It includes extensive fortifications: bastions, moat, traces of fortifications and bridges.
gate to the courtyard
"lady from the window"
my wife in the basement of the castle
the interior of the stables
Place to build a fortress has been selected by the natural conditions of the defense this castle. So castle "Krzyżtopór" in Ujazd is situated on a promontory of the hill.
gate to the castle - view from the inside
view from inside the tower
external walls of the castle
The ruins of the castle are making really amazing impression .... I only wish, that the castle is not as a whole to this day.
one of the four turrets of the palace
I would recommend visiting the ruins of the castle to anyone, who at least a little interested in history, really worth it.