It is amazing how history is inscribed in the massive walls of structures and how monuments are thus given a voice. And this statement can easily be verified by taking a simple exemple and depicting the complex history behind it. And this is going to be our purpose in this piece of writing.
Olesko Castle is a monumental structure which dates back to the 13th century and which has accumulated in its ‘portfolio’ quite a number of noteworthy events.
First of all, it should be pointed out that in the 14th century the edifice was an important fortification of the ancient town Rus. But in almost two hundred years it had changed its scope dramatically, having evolved from a stronghold into a palace of the nobility.
It was in the last years of the 15th century that its refurbishing was initiated and due to excellent craftsmenship it became a reflection of Italian Renaissance architecture. Thus began the era when the castle came under the rule of the aristocratic class. It was in this precise castle that Jan III Sobieski (the king of Poland) was born and where he oftentime lived.
The location of the castle is easily explained if we are to take into account the fact that it was initially a fortification. The construction stands tall on the top of a hill, guarding Olesko, the small town situated on the slopes beneath, and it has a cellar through which those in the castle could have escaped in case they were under siege.
In the second half of the 20th century, a new restoration was initiated in order to enhance the condition of the structure and to properly refurbish it for its new purpose: that of housing a museum. And it has maintained this purpose until the present day. The exhibitions on display are impressive, consisting of hundreds of works of art such as paitings, old furniture, jewelry, statuettes, still-lives and different kinds of icons which date back as early as the 10th century. The historical accounts tourists can discover there remarkable.
But the castle is not the only attraction. The edifice is surrounded by beautiful gardens which comprise wonderful sculptural designs. It is no wonder that many tourists are drawn to Oleska. They can admire works which are centuries old and which reflect the evolution of the fine arts in time.
Tourists can also venture into the cemetery which is relatively close-by where they will discover fascinating antique shrines. This being said, Oleska Castle is worth your attention if ever in the neighborhood.