Sędziszowa – tower house

History

The defense tower house was probably built in the 14th century. Its founder or the first owner is not known. In the 15th / 16th century it was expanded by the addition of the southern and eastern ranges by the von Nimptsch family. At the beginning of the 17th century, another building with a rich entrance portal decorated with heraldic shields was added to it. The entire complex was rebuilt in the 18th century in the baroque style, and in the next century the tower received a neo-gothic crenelation.

Architecture

The tower is a four-storey building, built of stone on a quadrangular plan with dimensions of approximately 22.5×25 meters. The entrance led through the ogival portal directly to the second floor, originally covered with a timber ceiling. In the ground floor room there is a stellar vault. On the third floor, probably serving as the main hall, niches for sitting have been preserved. In the tower there were no internal stone divisions, probably only timber partitions. The latrines were located on the western wall, at the height of the third and fourth storeys. The tower was surrounded by a moat and an earth rampart.

Current state

The tower has been preserved in good condition, but unfortunately it is currently occupied by offices and is not open to the public, and the surrounding area is heavily neglected.

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bibliography:
Chorowska M., Rezydencje średniowieczne na Śląsku, Wrocław 2003.
Leksykon zamków w Polsce, L.Kajzer, S.Kołodziejski, J.Salm, Warszawa 2003.