The mighty castle of the Teutonic Order is located near the small town of Malbork and the Nogat river, in the north of Poland. If you are on the way to visit the famous city of Gdansk, chances are that you will stumble across this old castle and fortress, and feel the desire to stop and wonder for a while.
The castle was built at the end of the 13th century after the conquest of Old Prussia and, at its peak, hosted something like 3000 knights of the Teutonic Order.
Nowadays, the castle is one of Poland's official national Historic Monuments, serves as a museum and even hosts interesting exhibitions or festivals.
Surprisingly enough, it's the largest castle in the world by land area and looks like it has withstood the test of time very well. No wonder it's also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
As far as I understood, it was expanded several times after its completion, in order to house the growing number of knights. As a consequence, it soon became the largest fortified gothic building in Europe.
I like castles very much, because they bring the medieval period to life. And what I really liked about this one in particular were the numerous layers of defensive walls, separated by multiple dry moats and towers.
It takes quite a lot of time to circumnavigate the external walls of this fortress and, if you are lucky enough to visit it in times of exhibitions or festivals, you may spend several hours there without even realising it.
In September it is quite common to have grey windy days in Malbork, as the Baltic sea pushes big dark clouds towards the mainland to remind us that the summer is ending. I was so excited to visit this castle that I didn't even realise that at a certain point it was starting to rain. I took this picture just a minute before a storm hit the castle, wondering where the sun had gone.
Those moments came back to my mind when I started this puzzle, as dark clouds and heavy rain hit my garden.
Sometimes I wonder whether there is a connection between our thoughts and the environment around us, like they were pieces of a puzzle that we have only to put together in the right way.
The only thing I am sure about is that making personalised puzzles stimulates my thoughts and feelings in a way that perhaps I would have never expected, and I really like this aspect of my passion.
DIMENSIONS 96,3x68 cm