Three pre-war images of Malbork Castle in Poland. Click on pictures to enlarge images.
The Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork (Marienburg) is the largest castle in the world by surface area, and the largest brick building in Europe. The fortress was built in the early 15th century in Prussia by the Teutonic Knights, a German religious order of crusaders. The Order named it Marienburg (Mary’s Castle). The town which grew around it was also named Marienburg. Since 1945, both the town and castle have been called Malbork.
The castle and cathedral were, unfortunately, partially destroyed in the fighting at the end of World War Two, but restoration is ongoing. Despite its current less than perfect condition Malbork Castle remains a splendid place to visit and remains the largest brick built building in Europe.
Related content: three photographs of the interior of Marienburg Castle / Malbork Castle.