Lapalice Castle, originally intended as a cottage, stands abandoned, never having been fully constructed.


Nestled on the outskirts of Lapalice, a small Polish village, this expansive property, with its 52 rooms, sits secluded amidst the woods, overlooking a man-made pond and the countryside beyond.

Its sheer scale might deceive one into assuming it to be an ancient relic akin to many European castles.

However, the truth is, Lapalice Castle’s construction commenced in 1983, only to encounter various setbacks that halted its completion.

Consequently, no one has ever inhabited the premises.

The saga of Lapalice Castle traces back to the early 1980s when local artist Piotr Kazimierczak obtained a permit to erect a modest dwelling alongside a studio.

Despite the initial modest plans, Piotr harbored grander aspirations for his abode.

What was initially sanctioned as a 170-square-meter cottage quickly morphed into a colossal structure spanning 5,000 square meters.

Between 1983 and 1991, one of Poland’s most extensive private residences took shape.

With 52 rooms spread across multiple levels, boasting 365 windows, a grand ballroom, a swimming pool, and 12 turrets symbolizing the apostles, Lapalice Castle emerged as a testament to Piotr’s ambition.

However, the construction abruptly halted in 1991 when authorities realized that the ongoing project deviated significantly from the approved plans.

Subsequently, financial woes befell Piotr’s company, thwarting further progress on the castle.

Despite a brief resurgence in 2002, accompanied by new documentation, efforts to revive the project proved futile.

Over the years, despite multiple attempts to rectify the situation, bureaucratic hurdles persisted.

As a result, the castle remains a mere shell, exposed to the elements, attracting curious tourists, albeit at their own peril, as the structure deteriorates, marred by graffiti.

Yet, Piotr remains resolute in his desire to see his dream fulfilled.

In 2017, he reiterated his commitment to the project, buoyed by the belief that the castle, having stood for over two decades, enjoys some legal protection.

Currently, Piotr contemplates two options: realizing his original vision or relinquishing the property, possibly transforming it into a hotel.