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Thieves' Tower

Local name: Baszta Złodziejska

Located inside: Wawel

The Thieves Tower is one of three fully preserved towers in Wawel. The name of the tower derives from the prison located in its basement. Among others, the Teutonic mercenaries captured at Grunwald were prisoners there. The former dungeon has survived to modern times.

Located on the western part of the hill, the tower was erected in the 14th century, during the reign of King Casimir the Great. During this period, numerous works were carried out to strengthen the fortification system of the castle. In the mid-nineteenth century it was rebuilt by Austrians. The upper part of the tower was then topped with a flat roof and covered with battlements. In the years 1950-1951 it was restored to its eighteenth century state and connected by a porch with a reconstructed defensive wall.

The years 2014-2015 is the period of another restoration of the tower. The hip roof was reconstructed, which it was originally covered with.


Attractions inside

    Thieves' Tower map
    Zamek Wawel 833-332 Krakow , Poland