The castle in Baranów Sandomierski is proudly called a small Wawel. It fully deserves this name, since it is one of the best preserved residences in Europe and one of the most beautiful baronial seats in Poland.
It was erected in the second half of the 16th century for the Leszczyński family, according to the design of a famous Italian, Santiago Gucci. About 100 years later, another famous architect – Tylman van Gameren – converted the castle into the residence of the Lubomirski family.
One feels enchanted by the beautifully preserved architecture of the castle. In the corners of the building, there are cylinder-shaped towers, while inside, one can find a tower with an entrance to a beautiful courtyard, surrounded by cloisters, which are suspended by columns decorated with mascarons. Moreover, one is also amazed by gold mouldings created by John the Baptist Falconi as well as stained-glass windows of the chapel by Józef Mehoffer.
The windows of chambers overlook a beautiful geometrical garden with fountains and a large park, in which grow peculiar trees – Liriodendrons.
On Thursdays, in Baranów Sandomierski, one can attend Castle Evenings, which are organized all over the year. Surrounded by a beautiful scenery, guests can taste Old Polish dishes to the accompaniment of music.
Subcarpathian Voivodeship, Tarnobrzeg County
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