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Swiny Castle is one of the oldest castles in Lower Silesia.
The oldest mention dates back to 1108. Together with the Bolkow castle (located 3 km away) it guarded trade routes running from Czech to Lower Silesia and further to the Baltic Sea.
According to a legend, a long secret tunnel exists between both castles.

The name Swiny itself refers to the legend about a wild boar/swine. In 712, the knight of Biwoj killed with his bare hands a boar attacking the legendary princess Libusa. For the courage he received the land and the princess became his wife. The boar was in the coat of arms of the family. The son of the knight built the Swiny Castle and the whole family was called von Swyn or Schweinichen (German).

The castle has not been destroyed for centuries during numerous wars, hurricanes in the 17th and 18th century caused the greatest damage, today the castle is a picturesque ruin.

Taken from the Bolkow castle.

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  • Copyright: Ryszard Michalik (rychem) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4451 W: 0 N: 10641] (72187)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2017-04-10
  • Camera: Nikon D7200
  • Exposure: f/0.8, 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2017-04-28 21:56
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