Castle in Malbork was built in Poland (Prussia) by the Teutonic Order as an Ordensburg. The Order named it Marienburg, literally "Mary's Castle". The town which grew around it was also named Marienburg, but since 1945 it is again, after 173 years, part of Poland and known as Malbork. The castle is a classic example of a medieval fortress, and is the world’s largest brick gothic castle.

Castle in Malbork was built in Poland (Prussia) by the Teutonic Order as an Ordensburg. The Order named it Marienburg, literally "Mary's Castle". The town which grew around it was also named Marienburg, but since 1945 it is again, after 173 years, part of Poland and known as Malbork. The castle is a classic example of a medieval fortress, and is the world’s largest brick gothic castle.

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Malbork Castle in Poland is the world's largest castle. Originally a convent but then developed into an enormous fortification with towers, deep moats, strong walls, an armory and a palace for the Grand Masters. Located 18 miles southeast of Gdansk it can be reached by train or car from Gdansk.

Malbork Castle in Poland is the world's largest castle. Originally a convent but then developed into an enormous fortification with towers, deep moats, strong walls, an armory and a palace for the Grand Masters. Located 18 miles southeast of Gdansk it can be reached by train or car from Gdansk.

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ZAMEK MALBORK / THE MARIENBURG CASTLE

ZAMEK MALBORK / THE MARIENBURG CASTLE

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Another thing to surprise us about this area of northern Poland: it is home to the largest castle in the world (by surface area). The Malbork Castle was built by the Teutonic Knights and completed in 1406 after the conquest of Old Prussia. It is a dominating presence on the banks of the Nogat river, having been expanded several times to house the number of knights who resided there and soon became the largest fortified Gothic building in Europe. Click the photo to continue reading.

Another thing to surprise us about this area of northern Poland: it is home to the largest castle in the world (by surface area). The Malbork Castle was built by the Teutonic Knights and completed in 1406 after the conquest of Old Prussia. It is a dominating presence on the banks of the Nogat river, having been expanded several times to house the number of knights who resided there and soon became the largest fortified Gothic building in Europe. Click the photo to continue reading.

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It’s likely easier to shield a castle from actual intruders than it is to defend its reputation. At least that’s the case for a few fortresses scattered throughout Europe which are in the running for the title of “world’s largest castle,” including Malbork Castle in northern Poland.

It’s likely easier to shield a castle from actual intruders than it is to defend its reputation. At least that’s the case for a few fortresses scattered throughout Europe which are in the running for the title of “world’s largest castle,” including Malbork Castle in northern Poland.

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Malbork Castle Poland - Malbork Castle Teutonic Order, Poland is the largest castle in the world by area and the largest brick building in Europe. The castle was built in Prussia by the Teutonic Knights, a German Roman Catholic religious order of crusaders as a fortress of the order

Malbork Castle Poland - Malbork Castle Teutonic Order, Poland is the largest castle in the world by area and the largest brick building in Europe. The castle was built in Prussia by the Teutonic Knights, a German Roman Catholic religious order of crusaders as a fortress of the order

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