Malbork Castle

Malbork Castle

As a military and religious order, the Teutonic Knights were intent on bringing Christianity to the pagans of the Baltic Coast, and to gain some land for themselves. They constructed their headquarters on the Vistula at Malbork Castle, which they called Marienburg. This medieval fortress is one of the largest in the world, containing 80 acres within its defensive walls. In 1997, UNESCO listed Malbork in its register of historic places, calling it “the supreme example of the medieval brick castle that characterizes the unique architecture of the Crusading Teutonic Order in eastern Europe.”

PUBLISHED: July 23, 2013