Unknown tunnel found near a castle in Poland

Maintenance workers cutting down a tree near the Książ castle in Wałbrzych (South-western Poland) opened a hole in the ground revealing an unknown tunnel with walls built with bricks. The works were conducted with a use of a digger and consisted of cutting down a tree and levelling the terrain. Upon removal of the roots the opening in the ground was made and the castle officials were called to the site.

Opening in the ground revealing the tunnel (by TVN24)
Opening in the ground revealing the tunnel (by TVN24)

Close investigation revealed that a previously unknown tunnel was found with a 4m deep chamber in the place of the opening. Initial study through this new  further revealed that the corridor splits in two directions and ends with a pile of rubble where the tunnel collapsed.

Walls of the newly found tunnel (by TVN24)
Walls of the newly found tunnel (by TVN24)

In one part of the wall iron hooks are present in the vaulting which might suggest that the tunnel served as a place for storage – like an underground refrigerator. It is known that very nearby a so called “ice-tower” stood until being demolished by the German Nazis who stationed at the castle during World War II since 1941.

Collapsed part of the tunnel (by TVN24)
Collapsed part of the tunnel (by TVN24)

(after TVN24)

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