Town walls and fortified tower, Kowalewo Pomorskie
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Remnants of the early-14th century town fortifications.

History

The fortifications were originally erected in the early 14th century.

Description

Today, all that remains is the fragment of the town walls located in the north-western part of town as well as the fortified tower in its south-eastern section. The walls, erected throughout the 13th century and completed in the 14th century, surrounded the town from all sides and featured a regular, rectangular layout. They were originally surrounded by a moat filled with water (although some sections of the moat were left dry). The system of fortifications featured defensive towers at the corners. Today, only one tower survives intact, its walls pierced with embrasures and a single door which had originally led out into a hoarding or fighting platform. The walls are made of glacial granite cobblestones, bound together using the opus emplectum technique, relying on structuring both sides of the wall with hewn stone blocks and filling area between them with broken stones and mortar. The uppermost section of the tower is made of brick, arranged in the so-called Polish (Gothic) bond. The decision to extend the tower and the walls upwards is believed to have been caused by the need to enhance the town’s defences.

Municipal property, open to visitors.

compiled by Agata Sądej, Regional Branch of the National Heritage Board of Poland in Toruń, 24-02-2015.

Bibliography

Danielewicz J., Dzieje Kowalewa Pomorskiego, Bydgoszcz, 1986.

General information

  • Type: defensive wall
  • Chronology: pocz. XIV w.
  • Form of protection: register of monuments
  • Address: Kowalewo Pomorskie
  • Location: Voivodeship kujawsko-pomorskie, district golubsko-dobrzyński, commune Kowalewo Pomorskie - miasto
  • Source: National Heritage Board of Poland

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