01 - Kings Castle

The castle was built at the beginning of the 14th century as the seat of the mazovian dukes. When Warsaw in the 16th century became one of the royal residences, King Zygmunt August rebuilt it. When in 1569 the capital was moved to Warsaw, Sigismund III Vasa finished the work of his predecessor, rebuilding the castle in the early baroque style, giving it its final shape. At that time, the so-called Zygmunt’s clock tower is also built. It is worth remembering that the castle served not only a representative function. There was also a parliament and courts here. The castle was completely destroyed in the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. It was rebuilt throughout the period of the Polish People’s Republic and finally the works were completed in 1984.

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