Among the northern castle approaches there exists a row of household upkeep buildings that are for the most part medieval. At the Castle end, they begin with what is now the St. Lawrence church and run for over one hundred and forty metres. This church was built in the first half of the fourteenth century for the artisan-farming group of Castle personnel.
Look at my picture. This large triangle wall of the Karwan is located just next to ticket office (KASA).
The Karwan was used for storing vehicles and battle equipment. Of the numerous buildings of this type which must have existed in Teutonic castles, Malbork's coach-house is the only surviving example. It was raised at the beginning of the fourteenth century next to the eastern curtain wall of the world's largest brick-built fortress. A project designed to re-evaluate the historic fabric of this building and lead to its systematic restoration was implemented in 1987. Since 1995 the Karwan has been available for use as a conference and education centre.
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What is a triptych? It's a set of three paintings that are often joined in a way that allows the two outer ones to fold in towards the larger central one. A medieval triptych hung above the altar.
You can find this triptych from my picture in the exposition located at the basement of the High Castle's courtyard.
There is the table on the eastern wing of the Middle Castle in memory of Polish famous astronom Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 - 1573).
The inscription says (hmm... my translation):
He came from the Polish nation and he directed a human mind to the way of truth.
This church is still in renovation but opened to the public.
So you can see only some architectural elements inside. Look at the renovated parts of the old stalls on my picture.
Stalls are rows of fixed seats in a church which often have their sides and backs enclosed.
Menonnites were people who came to region close to Malbork (to the settlement called Rybaki on the Vistula River) from the Netherlands in 16th century.
There is the collection of the mennonites' tombstones and epitaphs in the High Castle. They were made somewhen between 1750 and 1850 and they derived from the cemetaries around Malbork.
Stained glass is glass which has been coloured and cut into various shapes to form pictures or patterns. Stained glass is most commonly used in the decoration of church windows.
You can find many beautiful stained glasses walking around the interiors of the High Castles. Usually there are pictures of saints or church notables.
Fresco is a picture made by painting on wet plaster (= mixture of sand, lime and water) on a wall or ceiling. Painting in fresco is not common technique these days.
But there are many frescos inside rooms of the High Castle in Malbork, hmmm... many of them are less or more damaged.
What are cloisters? They are covered stone passages around the four sides of a courtyard, esp. in a religious building such as a church or monastery.
The cloisters of the High Castle's Courtyard look amazing. Pay attention to their beautiful and colorful vaults.
Beside the main Chapel, the High Castle's Chapter House is the most important interior in the Malbork Castle.
The nineteenth century restoration of the Chapter House was intended to return to the Gothic interior its former glory and to relate to the medieval function of the Chapter House.
Notice the amazing ground floor decoration.
The interior of the High Castle's Chapter House now accessible to the public is a return to the nineteenth century arrangement of the Chapter House. The paintings have been thoroughly restored, while the stalls have been reconstructed according to remaining fragments. Thus the Malbork Chapter House has regained its former brilliance. Its decor and furnishings relate more precisely then before to the original function of this splendid and monumental interior.
Pay attention to the amazing stained glasses to the left of the entrance.
I found a few amazing clock in the exposition "At Sacral and Banquet Tables".
Among the group of silver table ware the goblets and cups are worth noting. They are the work of famed Augsburg, Nürnberg and Danzig goldsmiths. Wealthier tables sometimes included clocks. Two clocks date from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and are known as tile clocks, having horizontal faces reminiscent of stove tiles. They are presented in the case by the rooms south wall.
They used to store money (coins) in medium size sacks and put them into larger medieval boxes. You can see them in the exposition called "The Chambers of Teutonic Order Dignitaries".
The first floor of the High Castle's western wing housed the residential and office interiors of the monastic dignitaries of Malbork. The original interiors of Teutonic times have not survived to this day. Numerous transformations and reconstructions of this part of the Castle have led to the loss of the Gothic arrangement.
On the northern side, there is the group of interiors belonging to the monastery's under-treasurer (tresler), including a vestibule, residential apartment, treasury (known as the silver chamber) and the office interior - the tresler's chamber.
There are amazing wooden ceilings of the castle's rooms - especially this one on my picture. I found it inside the Museum Shop (Sklep Muzealny).
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Directions: On the northern wall of the Middle Castle's courtyard, turn right when you enter the courtyard of the Middle Castle (from the outside).
Walk along the shores of the Nogat River.
You can see the impressive walls of the castle, wild horticulture, birds and smaller and bigger boats on the river.
There is a wooden bridge built specially for the castle's visitors north of the castle, just oposite to the Lower Castle. There is a huge parking lot (for buses, too) on the opposite site of the nogat River, next to the bridge.