Due to the well preserved stony walls Szydłów is called Polish Carcassonne.
The walls around Szydłów were built in XIV century by Polish king – Kazimierz the Great. From the original 1080 meters till now 680 m have remained.
Their thickness reaches almost 2 meters. They surrounded a stronghold of 6,5 hectares.
3 gates led to the town but till now only one survived – Krakowska Gate. I walked up little stairs to a passage where defenders threw down the object to the invadors. I saw the old wooden doors but no more the drawbridge that connected the city with the outside world.
The walls were renovated in 2011 together with the squares and streets nearby. A walk along them was a real pleasure for me.