Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork
The Malbork Castle was built in 13th century by the members of the Teutonic Order. It was one of the greatest fortified castles in Medieval Europe.
The castle is built in Gothic style; it is composed of the Palace of the Grand Master and three wings, which in the south are finished by a low wall.
Since 1309 the castle was the seat of the Grand Master of the Teutonic Order and, consequently, a capital of the Teutonic State. During the Thirteen Years’ War, in 1457 the castle was sold to the King Casimir IV the Jagiellonian and since then, until 1772, it served as one of the residences of Polish kings.
At present the castle enjoys great interest of film-makers, including the ones from abroad. Among others, the film by Volker Schlöndorff “The Ogre”, with John Malkovich starring, was shot in the castle.