Niepolomice

 

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This small town lies only 20 km east from Krakow on the edge of big forest area called Niepolomice Forest. In the 14th century King Kazimierz Wielki (the Great) built here his royal hunting castle. Between 1550 and 1571 it was remodeled into Renaissance palace by King Zygmunt August.


Today’s Castle has two storeys, four wings and a square courtyard with arcades modeled on Wawel Castle. Niepolomice Castle lost its significance when capital was moved from Krakow to Warsaw. Today it serves as a museum of modern art. It is also used as a conference center and there is a hotel here – only hotel in Poland located in the Royal Castle. The monarchs loved hunting in the Niepolomice Forest. Although today the forest is much smaller than it used to be in the time of the Jagiellonian Dynasty, it is still important nature reserve. It is one of few area in Poland, where wisents (bisons) are raised.



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