Address: Malbork (Pomorskie)
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How does the largest castle on Earth look like?

2017-01-20 Khaiell

Fantasy depictions of huge castles usually show gargantuan white walls reaching the skies. Let's have a walk through a real, monstrous castle that never fell to a siege and see what was practical in castle construction

Picture described below
Malbork Castle (section of the High Castle)
Malbork Castle (outermost gate courtyard)Malbork Castle (outer wall)Malbork Castle (section of the Middle Castle)Malbork Castle (inside of the inner gate)Malbork Castle (wall with a medieval toilet)Malbork Castle (tower of last defence)Malbork Castle (halls)

Disclaimer: depending on your definition of a castle this may not be the largest castle on Earth or not a castle at all.

Usually a castle is defined as a fortified feudal residence. The Malbork Castle was the residence of the Grand Master of the Teutonic Order and later (when it was sold to Poland) became one of the residences of the Polish kings.

Lets start from here:

Malbork Castle (outermost gate courtyard)

Many castles would fit among these walls. But this is just a yard before the outermost gate.

When you pass the gate here you are still a long walk from the real entrance:

Malbork Castle (outer wall)

The tower in the distance is the actual heart of the castle. It's a long walk even if nobody bothers you.

Note that the large windows are most likely XIX century additions when the castle was used as a storage house by the Prussians.

And then when you get inside you reach the castle-within-castle:

Malbork Castle (section of the Middle Castle)

Which is protected by a serious gatehouse with all the traps money could buy:

Malbork Castle (inside of the inner gate)

And then there is still another castle-within-castle:

Malbork Castle (section of the High Castle)

And within this innermost castle there is still the tower to be handled:

Malbork Castle (tower of last defence)

So the bottom line is that it was much more practical to create a labyrinth of walls and gates (that can be opened wide for a legal visitor) rather than a very high structure that would require an hour of mountaineering just to get to the bathroom…

This part of the website is called „Inspirations” for a reason. The castle is too large (doh! that was the idea) to show in full here.

See the pictures as separate pages: Malbork Castle (section of the High Castle) * Malbork Castle (outermost gate courtyard) * Malbork Castle (outer wall) * Malbork Castle (section of the Middle Castle) * Malbork Castle (inside of the inner gate) * …more

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