Castle in Niedzica and Incan treasure.
One of the best preserved castles in Poland.
Place of one of the most iconic Polish series for children and youth of the 60s: “Holidays with ghosts”.
According to legends it was the place of Janosik’s imprisonment and the site of one of the darkest, most mysterious yet least known stories that supposedly connected Poland to Incans.
One of the most intriguing and half-legendary stories about the relationship of this place with the royal Inca and Indian treasures is connected with the Niedzica castle.
It all began in the middle of the 18th century when a young Polish nobleman, Sebastian Benesz, traveled to various countries in Peru, where he settled permanently. In his mature age he married a woman who was related to an Incan aristocrat. Their daughter Umin was born, who, after attaining the age of majority, became the wife of Tupac Amaru’s nephew. Tupac was the leader of the last Indian uprising against the Spanish colonists.
These were the days of resurgence of the native Quechua language in Peru, as well as nostalgia for times before the Spanish conquest, nurturing many elements of the ancient tradition.
The Incas Incident, which broke out in 1780, was eventually suppressed and Tupac Amaru and his entire immediate family were executed, while his more distant relatives suffered repressions.
In 1786 Sebastian took his daughter Umina with her husband and several Indians and emigrated to Italy. But after several years Spanish intelligence has tracked fugitives in Venice. In 1796 dies Umina’s stabbed husband, the only legitimate heir of the Incan crown and the Inquisition treasures. Then the refugees quickly change their place of residence and in 1796 Sebastian leads them over the Dunajec to Niedzica. Umina is then the mother of a few months old son – Antonia, born in Venice. After his father’s death he is now the heir of the Inca.
In the gardens of the castle in Niedzica, which welcomes the group of refugees, another play of the drama takes place. The Spanish, who followed the fugitives, murdered Umina.
Sebastian, slowly approaching his deathbed, cleared the tracks to protect his grandson by giving the small Antonio to Benesz family of relatives from Moravia, to accept him as a son.
At the castle of Niedzica, a will and a document of adoption are written down. This is happening in June 21, 1797, the day of the greatest Inca festival – Sun Holidays. Documents from this event went to Church of the Holy Cross in Cracow, probably in 1828.
The accompanying Peruvians were scattered and not heard of since. Waclaw Benes, the adoptive father of Antonio, takes the boy – still an infant – to Krumlov in Moravia, and writes it to his parish priests as his son.
Antonio grows up in Moravia. Adoptive father in a letter or another record woe that Antonio was so overwhelmed by France and denied that “the old history of the family, the proper name and titles, or hear not want”. According to the commandment of the will after reaching the age of majority, however, he learned about his incarnation origin. Nothing, however, did not come out then. In 1826, Antonio married in Brno. He is married to a Polish woman, Rubinowska, daughter of an Austrian grenadier.
Their relationship is born three daughters and five sons, whose only one son has reached the age of majority – Ernest.
In Brno Anton Benesz stays three, maybe four years. Then his father, his mother, and his father-in-law still dies. In short intervals, all loved ones die. Anton moves to Krumlov, where he lives at home number 56, which was built by Wacław Benesz from the funds he received from Sebastian on a solid Antonio device.
Anton Benesz dies on March 20, 1877, handing over his oldest son Ernest documents and family memorabilia, ordering him never to return to this matter. However, Ernest, who became an engineer – an oil worker, however, became interested in his pedigree. It was even talked about his trip to South America, taken to discover the roots of the family.
Ernest’s son, Janusz, a professional military officer, did not deal with the history of the family. Only Andrzej Benesz, born in 1918, Janusz’s son, began his pedigree search. It was he who discovered that the change of name from Berzevic to Benes was made at the end of the seventeenth century by the name of Barbara, who, in order to shake off the curse of the family, abandoned her husband, moved from Spisz to Germany and began using the name Benesz – and later imposed it as a nickname for their children.
On a track of resolute and effective search, Andrzej Benes pushed a significant incident, when in 1934 two people appeared in his parents’ apartment in Bochnia, claiming to be plenipotentiaries living in the family line of the Benes-Berzevic family and offering to buy all the family-related archives. After searching, he found the Antonin Adoption Act.
The document was kept in the cover of one of the missions in the Church of the Holy Cross in Cracow, so it did not appear on any list.
Already after World War II, Andrzej Benesz began his search for the will and treasure of the Inca at the castle in Niedzica. He was granted permission to carry out exploration work in the Niedzic Castle. There, in his staircase, they managed to find metal-wrapped incase kip to which gold plaques attached.
Several people, including a local village headman and 3 soldiers of the local Border Guard Army guard, witnessed the search and opening of the kip. At the interval of almost a dozen or so years, almost all witnesses of this event died in dramatic circumstances.
The first were killed “WOPs”, who witnessed the excavation of the kip from the threshold of the castle. Another victim was a curator of the Niedzic castle, who allegedly fell into the trap of a treasure hidden here – the waves of the river swallowed him. Then, in 1976, was the death of Andrzej Benesza. On the eve of the sixteenth birthday of his only child, he ate dinner in his family and announced that, as the tradition implies, the next day he would convey to him the mystery of four generations passing from father to son family.
The next day he died on the highway in a car accident. Another death took two of the Salamon family. They came from Hungary and started searching for a castle in Niedzica. They died during the journey, in the famous time and memorable railway catastrophe under Piotrkow, the biggest one that happened in Poland.
It is said about the curse that hangs over the Incarnate Testament – death reaches everyone who wants to expose the mystery of the Sons of the Sun.
It is currently unknown where the testament of the last Inca kings is. There is a legend that still flashes imaginatively that it was in the vicinity of the Niedzic Castle, hidden part of the last Inca treasure.
Castle – gallery form 2009 :