Szaflary – castle

History

The castle was probably built in the second half of the 13th century. Its founder is unknown. It is possible that it was erected on the initiative of the Griffin family or the Cistercians. The castle was not witnessed in sources until 1338. At that time, there was a mention of the burgrave Peter of Słupia. The castle belonged to royal property at the time, later it remained in the hands of tenants, among other Ratułd, Pieniążek and Komorowski families. The fortress fell into ruin at the beginning of the 16th century. In the 19th century, the Uznańscy family, the then owners of the estate, erected a brick pavilion on the foundations of the central tower of the castle.

Architecture

The castle stood on a flat hill, with dimensions of 20 x 30 meters, which ended in a cliff on the north and east, while the southern and western slopes were mild. It was a stone-and-timber structure. It was surrounded by a peripheral wall with three straight sides and one rounded side. It is possible that in 1474 Piotr Komorowski additionally strengthened the castle with a stone rampart. At that time, the road to the castle led through a timber bridge and a barbican. The central part of the castle was a residential tower on the square plan.

Current statey

Castle has not survived to our times. At present the area is partially built up. Only a part of the foundations of the peripheral wall from the beginning of the 14th century and the remnants of the earth ramparts from the south side have survived.

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bibliography:
Leksykon zamków w Polsce, L.Kajzer, S.Kołodziejski, J.Salm, Warszawa 2003.
Moskal, K. Zamki w dziejach Polski i Słowacji, Nowy Sącz 2004.