Zamość Fortress

Szczebrzeska Gate

Construction of the Zamość Fortress was initiated by Chancellor and Hetman Jan Zamoyski in the end of 16th century. Upon completion of these fortifications in 1618, it was the most modern fortress of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. By taking advantage of the terrain and the network of rivers and wetlands, an irregular seven-sided structure was built which consisted of seven bastions with curtain walls connecting them. In order to maintain contact with the city, three richly decorated gates were built into the curtain walls called “Lubelska”, “Lwowska” and “Szczebrzeska”. In the early 19th century, a multi-level, brick “Nadszaniec” was built which was almost 100 metres long and had an inner moat of a width approximately 3 metres. Because of this, it became the most important defensive point of the fortress. Inside there were shooting galleries, numerous ramps for pulling guns and casements. The “Nadszaniec” had a defensive function, it was the barracks for the soldiers and the casements found inside were used as a military prison. 
The fortress was built so solidly that it was able to resist the attacks of both the Cossacks and the Swedes during the Deluge. The last siege took place during the November Uprising when Zamość was the last point of Polish defence which fell to the Russians. The fortress, which had in the meantime become obsolete, was closed down in 1866, although large fragments have survived to the present day. 
(Learn more: Poland Travel)

Old Lwowska Gate and bastion
New Lubelska Gate

Linked to: Zamość - the ideal city & Great Market Square in Zamość

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  1. I visited Poland in 2006 but did not see Zamosc Fortress :( and now I understand that I missed a very precious work of architecture :( Very beautiful fortress, much more romantic under the snow.

    Have a nice week,

  2. What a beautiful place and great shots.

  3. Really beautiful photographs. I like the added effect of the snow.

  4. This fortress is beautiful. In my native country Philippines we have several fortresses built by Spaniards. Now I see some of the architecture in that fortress to our fortresses in the Philippines. Thank you also for linking water photos last week at my blog I do appreciate it so much. My hubby pick your photo to be featured in my water linky today hope you can link again. Thanks!!

  5. Your work is remarkable. What control of color and composition! Beautiful post production, very subtle. Saw your fabulous river photo on Water Wednesday.

  6. A fantastic place to visit I'm sure.

  7. Very impressive and imposing structure. Thanks for taking us along and for sharing at

  8. What an amazing building


  9. The snow in combination with the amazing light you had, makes the fortress stand out in a really unique way. Love your images.

    Mersad Donko Photography

  10. It's such a wonderful historic edifice! And your photos of it are stunning!

  11. Nice photos of the fortress and the wintry landscape.


  12. I always found the disappearance of Poland from the map very discouraging.


  13. lots of historie about a seemingly lovely place to visit... gorgeous photo's too.... but I can't help myself wondering, how it looks in springtime (not being fan of winter brrrrr ;-) )

    Have a nice ABC-Wednesday / _ Week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc=w=team)

  14. What wonderful and imaginative shots of the
    Fortress, absolutely a national treasure.
    Thank you for sharing them with us,
    Best wishes,
    ABCW team.

  15. Beautiful shot as the white snow makes the building's architecture stand out nicely

    abcw team

  16. Zamość fortress in winter scenę. Love it.


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