Taken in the 1930s by a French WWI veteran visiting the country, the candid pictures offer a remarkable insight into a long-forgotten past.
Costing a cool PLN 19 million, the project in Strzelin was authored by Maciej Małachowicz, an architect who has previously overseen several historical reconstructions, among them the castle in Będzin and the Pod Złotym Psem tenement in Wrocław.
Set in the village of Barciany, the 14th century castle costs the same as eight small apartments in Warsaw and according to the estate agent the price is negotiable.
Jim Parton converted the 700-year-old building into a family home for their six children, a place to stay for tourists wanting that little bit extra and also the improbable location of an international rugby festival.
Belonging to the Polish saint Władysław I the Holy, the bones were discovered in an ossuary in Bory Castle in Székesfehérvá.
The apotropaic medieval signs used to ward off evil spirits were discovered in a secret stairwell at Kraków’s Wawel Castle and in the roof of an old cathedral in Kamień Pomorski by the Polish coast.
Announcing their appeal on social media, Książ Castle said that at the turn of the 20th century around 500 people were employed there.
Dating back to the 17th century, the polychromes were discovered during works at Wieliczka’s Żupny Castle and include a painting of the Vasa coat of arms.
The acquisitions from a private French seller of The Inn at Saint Michael's by Pieter Brueghel the Younger, and Still Life by Willem Claesz Heda are set to take the castle’s already impressive collection of Dutch paintings to a new level.
Poland is a country that never ceases to surprise me – and can there be anything more surprising than the mind-boggling castles and palaces that have been built from scratch in the last few decades?