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Discovered Medieval Well is Now Raising Questions about Nazis & a Polish Castle

A group of Polish researchers has found a well that dates back to the Medieval period. It’s located inside the famed castle of Książ in Wałbrzych, Lower Silesia, Poland.

Even though it had before been thought that the well might have been part of a system of tunnels made by the Nazis, the actual story of the well might be even more fascinating.

Książ Photo Credit
Książ Photo Credit

Reported by Gazeta Wyborcza, the well was discovered underneath the floor of a tower that was found last July. It’s a four-sided figure without any kind of visible damage. One side of the well measures 8.2 feet (2.5 meters) wide and it’s around 164 feet (50 meters) deep. The tower hid the mysterious well, which was found while cleaning the road close to the castle. It’s been dated back to the 18th century and was displayed on drawings of the castle. The well was analyzed with a camera; this confirmed that the finding is very unusual and requires further research and exploration.

However, the work on it in the future will be demanding. More analysis is needed before the team can continue. During the first exploration, archaeologists discovered chisels, though it’s unclear what period they came from. It could be possible that the medieval well was closed after the 18th century.

The Książ is one of the most iconic castles in Poland. It was originally built during the early medieval period, but it was destroyed during 1263. The new castle was made at the end of the 13th century, and throughout history it had several different owners, including the famed Hochberg family. Throughout WWII the castle was held by the Nazis. Presently, Książ Castle is thought to be one of the pearls of the region. Inside this area there are many more stories about the hidden chests and trains, and the chambers where Nazis might have hidden treasures.

Poland Książ Photo Credit
Poland Książ Photo Credit

In essence, every Polish city that belonged to the Germans in the past has stories connected to lost loot. Possibly one of the most interesting tales is about the cherished treasures of Daisy of Pless and her lover Emperor Wilhelm II. The treasures from this tale were stolen by the Russian army, and any that have survived are currently exhibited inside a museum.

Wałbrzych - interiors of the Książ Castle Photo Credit
Wałbrzych – interiors of the Książ Castle Photo Credit

Walbrzych, like several other places in Silesia, is still hiding many secrets. Of late, another team of researchers was trying to discover the legendary Nazi train that is rumored to be filled with treasures.

On November 9th, 2015, headlines were made around the world as treasure hunters discovered a legendary Nazi train packed with money, gold, weapons, and archives – hidden inside a long forgotten tunnel within the Polish mountains. It’s thought that the train might also include the long lost Amber Room of Charlottenburg Palace.

This was an early 1700s room that was crafted from precious jewels, gold, and amber, and is estimated to be worth $383 million. Poland’s Culture Ministry declared that the location of the Nazi train had been revealed to Piotr Koper of Poland and Andreas Ritcher of Germany from a deathbed confession.

Maxililian's hall-balconies (Ksiaz)
Maxililian’s hall-balconies (Ksiaz)

Reportedly the two treasure hunters discovered the 100-meter long armored train and instantly submitted a claim to the Polish government. Polish law states that anyone who finds treasure can keep 10 percent of the value of their discovery. The Polish Ministry was able to confirm the location of the train by using ground penetrating radar. It’s said that the train is located in an underground tunnel constructed by the Nazis along a 4 kilometer stretch of track on the Wroclaw Walbryzch line. However, the exact location is still hidden, not least because it’s thought to be mined or booby-trapped and will require further investigation. This will be done by the Fire Brigade, Police, and Army.

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Researchers have not been lucky enough to discover the legendary train and the contents inside, but they have declared that the search is going to continue. Maybe one day these researchers will be able to find this legendary train and see what’s inside. Who knows what other treasures are waiting to be found?

In addition take a look at this interesting video about Medieval castles :

Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for The Vintage News