ZAMEK W KORZKWI BADANIA HISTORYCZNE I IKONOGRAFICZNE, PROJEKT, ETAPY ODBUDOWY
KORZKIEW CASTLE. HISTORICAL AND ICONOGRAPHIC RESEARCH, PROJECT, STAGES OF RECONSTRUCTION
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The small fortified castle in Korzkiew near Cracow was built in the middle of the fourteenth century by the Syrokomla gentry family. The castle towers over the river valley of the Korzkiewka, the left-hand tributary of the Pràdnik, along the outskirts of the Ojców National Park. The castle lies 13 kilometres from the centre of Cracow, and has been the object of interest of tourists from the second half of the eighteenth century. Its defensive character is emphasised by location over a valley with a historical trade route towards Silesia. To the north, the castle is composed of a threewing main building, and the defensive wall, encircling it from the south, includes two towers and a gate house. The castle was inhabited until the end of the eighteenth century, and in about 1820 it was abandoned after its owners built a wooden-brick manor house at its foot. From that time on, the castle gradually turned into a ruin. Attempts at its revival in the mid-twentieth century ended in partial success: the castle ruins were thoroughly examined and protected. Not until the building was taken over by the young architect Jerzy Donimirski, related to the Wodzicki family, the former owners of the castle, did research and conservation progress at an impressive rate. Up to this day, the defensive walls have been rebuilt, including the gate house – the permanent residence of the owner and his family. The main building, under a roof and safeguarded, awaits an improvement of the financial situation of the owner and the initiation of a time-consuming adaptation of the historical object for the purposes of a hotel. According to the investor,the castle will fulfil three functions: exposition – an exhibit showing the history of the building, commercial – an hotel together with a restaurant, and private – the owner's residence. The reconstruction of the castle is accompanied by the tourist development of the vast valley to the south, which is to contain the reconstructed manor house, a tavern, and a brewery. Bicycle and hiking routes, closely connected with suitable hinterland, facilitate access to the valley, both for motorised tourists and those using city transport. For several years now, the valley below the castle and part of the former suburbium are the side of sport, cultural and recreation events.
- dr hab., obecnie na stanowisku profesora nadzwyczajnego w Instytucie Turystyki AWF w Krakowie, prowadzi zajęcia dydaktyczne z zakresu inwestycji i zagospodarowania turystycznego (planowanie przestrzenne, prawo budowlane i górnicze, ochrona zabytków). Od kilkunastu lat wykłada w Studium Podyplomowym Historii Architektury i Konserwacji Zabytków Politechniki Krakowskiej. Od momentu podjęcia pracy zawodowej (1978 r.) uczestniczył w odbudowie zabytków polskiej architektury obronnej – zamków w Nowym Wiśniczu, „Krzyżtopór” w Ujeździe, Korzkwi, klasztoru w Zagórzu. Prowadził badania obiektów sakralnych w tych miejscowościach. Nadzorował również prace konserwatorskie w kilku zabytkowych kamienicach i pałacach Krakowa.
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