Nowy Wiśnicz Castle – defensive residence of the Lubomirski

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Nowy Wiśnicz Castle as a defensive residence

The Wiśnicz Castle, standing on a wooded hill above the Leksandrówka River, was erected by Jan Kmita in the second half of the 14th century as a defensive residence. It belonged to the mighty Kmita family until the death of Piotr Kmita V in 1553, the grand marshal of the Crown and political supporter of Queen Bona.

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View of the back of the castle
Stanisław Lubomirski founding New Wiśnicz

In 1593, the castle was bought by Sebastian Lubomirski, and later inherited by his son Stanisław, the most prominent of the family. He was the owner of 18 cities, over 300 villages and 163 farms.

In 1616 Stanisław Lubomirski at the foot of the castle founded the city of Nowy Wiśnicz, funding among others parish church and town hall. In the years 1615-1621, he rebuilt the castle and surrounded it with a bastion fortification on the pentagonal plan.

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The entrance gate from the early 17th century
Swedish Deluge

Although the Wiśnicz castle became one of the best fortified in the country it failed to resist the Swedes during the invasion in 1655. This ended the greatest period of splendor of the castle, it was looted and devastated. The Swedes deprived it of 35 cannons and, according to sources, they took away as many as 150 carts of valuables.

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An exhibition in the former castle kitchen

The castle belonged to the Lubomirski family until 1720, later it became the property of Sanguszko, Potocki and Zamoyscy families. After a fire in 1831, it changed almost to ruin. Its restoration began only after 1949. Today it is owned by the State Treasury and houses an interesting museum, reminding of its splendor.

Visiting the Nowy Wiśnicz Castle

The body of the castle, built on a square plan with an internal courtyard has elements of Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic. From a distance, the building looks like a huge castle, with shapes varied by square and round towers, extensions or arcades. Particularly interesting are the vaults, especially with bats living there. 🙂


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2 thoughts on “Nowy Wiśnicz Castle – defensive residence of the Lubomirski

  1. Dear Barbara,
    Could you tell me which Potocki family owned Nowy Wisnicz Castle in the 1700’s? How can I learn more about this castle, please? Thank you very much for a beautifully depicted story of the castle. Sincerely, Marcia Feinberg

    1. Hi Marcia,
      Unfortunately I don’t have that specific information. I think that you could try to contact to the castle museum. They may have the detailed story of the Wiśnicz Castle.
      Best regards,

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