It was king Łokietek (łokieć = elbow) who owned the castle as the first in XIV century.

Then came Kazimierz the Great who transformed it into a fortress unconquered for 250 years.

Until its gradual decline in XVII century it went from one royal hands to the others.

King Jan III Sobieski

To commemorate all these noble people their wooden equivalents were placed all along the castle. I walk slowly from one to another and try to imagine how the life looked like in their times…

On the main photo: Stefan Batory – king of Poland

Queen Bona