Czersk village near Warsaw


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Today Czersk is just a small village but with very long history. A fortified settlement existed here from the 10th century. From 1240 Czersk was a Duchy capital and it was a town from the mid-14th century until 1869. In the 14th a castle replaced the stronghold and a town developed below it. Czersk lost its role of capital of Mazovia in 1413 due to the shift of the riverbed away from town.

That role had passed to Warsaw. Today the spectacular ruins of the princely castle tower over the Vistula. The castle ruins are open to the public and serve as an example of the Mazovian Gothic style. Three high towers still stand here. The road to the fortress crosses a bridge over the moat. This brick bridge is dated 1762. The original layout of the town has remained. It has a market square and an early 19th century church.

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