The Castle in Czarne

The defence positions were located among uninhabited forests, referred to as the “wilderness houses”, where protection was provided by the terrain’s formation. Near the end of the 14th Century, the Teutonic Order took over the construction of the Castle, which was personally supervised by Konrad von Jungingen. The stronghold was built on the plane of an irregular trapezoid. The tower was located in the south corner, while the east corner hosted the entrance gate.

The surroundings of Czarne and nearby Człuchów saw many battles throughout the years. Czarne Castle was ruled by the Order until halfway through the 15th Century, when the Człuchów Castle was under the siege of the Gdańsk army, and the Castle in Czarne surrendered prior to the surrender of the stronghold in Człuchów. From this time, the Teutonic Knights attempted to regain the lost fortress, resorting to deceit and shadiness.

Following the tumultuous medieval era, the city returned to the territory of Poland after the signing of the peace treaty of Toruń in 1466. It was destroyed and invaded numerous times during the many wars and ultimately turned to ruin. Its former terrain became the ground of wooden houses for the townsfolk. The only preserved medieval fortifications included the moat, fragments of the defence walls and the tower. It was reborn in the 19th Century, when it was taken over by Georg von Livonius, a counsellor. The new owner assumed responsibility for the reconstruction of the palace, which is currently home to a Social Assistance Centre.

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