The first target of the Christianization crusades of the Teutonic Knights were the Prussians. A nation valiant and fierce in paganism. The first Piasts (Polish kings first dynasty) wrangled over that tribes and finally, in the times when Poland was divided into small principalities, therefore weak, one of Piasts’ princesses asked for support the armed monks in white surcoatswith a black cross. Teutonic knights conquered, Christianized and tamed the brave Prussian tribes… but for sure?
Gdanisko - this tower extends beyond the walls of the castle in Malbork (Marienburg), performing an observation and defensive function but above all a sanitary facility. The waste immediately fell to the fosse, from where it flowed to the Nogat River. It was a very neat and sophisticated solution to the hygiene issue. However, it was not easy task to get to that tower, because in order to achieve the destination, you had to walk about a 60-meter corridor. What might happen in case, if someone had a really argent need?
After the fall of the Knights Templar in the 14th century, the Teutonic Order took active steps to take their place. It was just beginning of building up its power but the knights-monks who established it were extremally inventive and determined. Read the announcement (modeled on current travel agencies' offers) inviting the knights of the western, "civilized" part of Europe to visit this less civilized part in the name of converting to the Christian faith.