Olsztyn prides itself on its castle of the Warmian Chapter. Construction of the oldest wings began in 1348, and in the XV - XVI century, a wing was added to the southern upper part of the tower. Olsztyn castle is a perfect example of Gothic architecture. Currently headquartered is the Museum of Warmia and Mazury. During the years between 1516 - 1519 and 1520 - 1521 the castle was the administrator of Nicolaus Copernicus.

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The town was built in Prussia around the fortress Ordensburg Marienburg which was founded in 1274 on the east bank of the river Nogat by the Teutonic Knights. Both the castle and the town (named Marienburg in German and in Polish as Malbork) were named for their patron saint, the Virgin Mary. This fortified castle became the seat of the Teutonic Order and Europe's largest Gothic fortress.

A classic example of a medieval fortress, it is the world’s largest brick castle and one of the most impressive of its kind in Europe. The castle was in the process of being restored when World War II broke out. During the war, the castle was over 50% destroyed. Restoration has been ongoing since the war. However, the main cathedral in the castle, fully restored just prior to the war and destroyed during the war, remains in its ruined state. The castle and its museum are listed as UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.

These pictures are from my student Olaf and his parents.