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    Posted: 21 Mar 2010 at 10:18
If you like medieval history, castles and architecture you must definitely visit Czech republic.

Czech Rep. is relatively small country located in heart of Europe but you will notice this country is full of architecture gems.

Many movies were made in beautiful Czech exteriers - Van Helsing, Dungeons and Dragons, From Hell....

Gallery of my favourite castles

Prague Castle with Saint Vitus cathedral- according Guiness the largest castle worldwide.



Charles Bridge -  on the picture - one of the eldest and greatest medieval stone bridges  - difficult to imagine people of 14th century were able to create something similar.


Konopiste  - rest place of Archduke Ferdinand (killed in Sarajevo before ww1). Konopiste also got a huge armoury with full armor suits, swords, guns etc.




Rabi
- huge medieval castle ruins




Karlstejn castle - vault castle of Holy Roman Empire founded by Charles IV.




Hluboka - a fancy chateau in South Czech




Lednice




Pernstejn castle



Mikulov castle and town - South Moravia.


Vsetin - it belonged to Knights Templar.


Loket castle - western Czech. Also connected to Templars.



Sloup (pillar). Amazing :)



and many more.




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Spielberg castle (Hrad Spilberk) in Brno is impressive too. I visited it some years ago.



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Konopiste, Karlstejn and Hluboka have to be my favorites. They look pretty secluded and lots of trees. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing them. Got anymore you would like to share?
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Sorry for the delay.
Of course i can supply a few pics of a next castles from here :)

I am glad you like these pics. Castle and chateau density is pretty big here. i can see two of them just from my window. There are magnificient castles in Spain, Holy Land and so but these castles are usually placed in dirt land or desert. Advantage of Czech castles is they are placed on hills, surrounded by green woods, rivers and lakes. This making your trips really wonderful. Each summer i visit many of them but i have no chance to see all of them till end of my life, a little sad:)

Cervena Lhota - fancy chateau in Southern Czech




Bouzov castle - originally castle belonged to Teutonic order, a decade or two ago Italian fairytale Fantaghiro has been made here.



Zvikov castle
-guard castle over Vltava (Moldau) river



Krivoklat castle - famous place where a very popular Czech executioner lived. His name was Jan Mydlar. He executed 27 Czech nobles just after beginning of 30years war after Battle on White mount. He was also in "touch" with magister Kelly :)


Zbiroh castle


Trosky castle (ruins in english). Pretty amazing building, great for romantic trips.



Cesky Sternberk - castle in central Czech over Sazava river




Kost (Bone) - medieval castle. Russians filmed Quentin Durward adaptation of Walter Scott book here if i remember well.





Bojnice - located in Slovakia, from 1993 not anymore part of my country. But very lovely...looks like Disney castle but this one is real:) Records bout castle are from 1113 so it is a little older than Disney is.



Jindrichuv Hradec - castle of Henry in English. Town and castle in Southern Czech. It belonged to powerful Czech noble family Rozmberk (Rosenbergs, Lords of Rose).


 
Kromeriz chateau - located in Moravia (Eastern part of Czech).




Sovinec - Owl castle. Loated in Silesia i guess. North-eastern part of Czech, nearby of Polish borders.




And many many more....






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Originally posted by Leonardo Leonardo wrote:

Spielberg castle (Hrad Spilberk) in Brno is impressive too. I visited it some years ago.




Yes, thanks for adding. It served as living place for Moravian margraves (usually members of family of Czech kings) originally. It served as a prison during Habsburgs. Babinsky, a famous Czech outlaw spent some time there:)

Spilberk castle was the most important fortress in Moravia. It stopped Swedes during 30 years war and also Prussian army failed to conquest it later.

I am not sure about any possible connection to Steven:)

Moravians did a great work in 30years war in battle against Swedish troops here. Swedes attacked city of Brno protected by Spilberk castle with 28 000 men under Torstenson command. Moravians had 500 soldiers and around 1000 volunteers. Swedes lost 8000 men in nearly four months and they decided to leave.
Moravians were true Spartans:) They saved Vienna as the capital of Austria was the following target of Swedish campaign.


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Here is wonderful site with pictures "How the Czech castles looked at time of creation". Wonderful artworks of models of original castles.
http://svetobeznik.webgarden.cz/kdysi-takto-staly

Here is a site with tons of old postcards with castles, mostly from Czech:
http://pohledy.prodejce.cz/hrady4.html

Next few castles from Czech republic i really like:

Hradek u Nechanic




Stramberk-Typical Czech town at night..of cours ewith castle on its hill



Slavkov Chateau (Austerlitz), Southern Moravia, Place where Napoleon crashed two next emperors (1805).




Bezdez castle


Trocnov - very small stronghold. Jan Zizka (John Zizka of Trocnov) birth place. He was a genial general of Hussite army. Hussites crashed numerous crusades against Czech kingdom.



Buchlov Castle


Buchlovice chateau


Helfstyn


Kokorin castle



Kumburk - reconstruction art work


Zebrak and Tocnik - two nearby castles on one picture



Rozmberk castle


St. Barbara Cathedral in Kutna Hora
with a special collection of human bones.



Small part of collection in cathedral



Hope this can give a basic overview about Czech castles :)










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Majestic.  I had the privilege to go to the Czech Republic in 1996, definitely some of the finest medieval architecture in the world.
"There was glory in pissing, Corabb decided as he watched the stream curve out and make that familiar but unique sound as it hit the ground." So true.
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Originally posted by Zagros Zagros wrote:

Majestic.  I had the privilege to go to the Czech Republic in 1996, definitely some of the finest medieval architecture in the world.


Thank you for a nice comment:) I definitely agree:) I love all these castles and some others too.
By the way your architecture is also very amazing. U must notice for example Hluboka and Lednice were inspired by English architecture. Just newgothic style...

Can you tell me where have you been here? What you liked the most? I recommend to revisit Czech rep, many castles and buildings were reconstucted from the time of your visit.

By the way, some movies from Great Britain was shoted on the castles above. Knights Tale (knights entering to London using Prague Charles Bridge...), Tristan and Isolde, Solomon Kane....Joan of Arc (1999), ok the last one movie is from France.
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All the pictures are simply beautiful and breath taking! Thanks for sharing them Thumbs Up
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Originally posted by Two Tail Lion Two Tail Lion wrote:

Originally posted by Zagros Zagros wrote:

Majestic.  I had the privilege to go to the Czech Republic in 1996, definitely some of the finest medieval architecture in the world.


Thank you for a nice comment:) I definitely agree:) I love all these castles and some others too.
By the way your architecture is also very amazing. U must notice for example Hluboka and Lednice were inspired by English architecture. Just newgothic style...

Can you tell me where have you been here? What you liked the most? I recommend to revisit Czech rep, many castles and buildings were reconstucted from the time of your visit.

By the way, some movies from Great Britain was shoted on the castles above. Knights Tale (knights entering to London using Prague Charles Bridge...), Tristan and Isolde, Solomon Kane....Joan of Arc (1999), ok the last one movie is from France.


I was in Prague and a place called Ludice.  I went to the gate on the banks of the river where a scene from mission Impossible was filmed ;)
"There was glory in pissing, Corabb decided as he watched the stream curve out and make that familiar but unique sound as it hit the ground." So true.
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Thanks for sharing these. Would love to visit sometime soon.
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I am really glad you all like it.
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Originally posted by Zagros Zagros wrote:

I was in Prague and a place called Ludice.  I went to the gate on the banks of the river where a scene from mission Impossible was filmed ;)


If it was Lidice village, it is maybe the saddest place here. It was place of revenge of Germans troops after Czech paratroopers sent from UK killed R Heydrich, Butcher of Prague. Actually a movie Lidice is in production. It will reconstruct the bestialities of nazis. Recommended to all fools with doubts about nazi crimes.

Memorial of Lidice kids



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Yes that is the place. Over 100 villagers murdered by vengeful Nazis.  There was no grand memorial then though. We also went to a concentration camp in Czech (can't remember the name), before moving to Poland and going to Krakow and then Auschwitz and Birkenau.
"There was glory in pissing, Corabb decided as he watched the stream curve out and make that familiar but unique sound as it hit the ground." So true.
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Terezin?
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I can't remember the name, but it wasn't too far from Ludice.
"There was glory in pissing, Corabb decided as he watched the stream curve out and make that familiar but unique sound as it hit the ground." So true.
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I bet it was Terezin ( a fortress named after empress Maria Theresa, mother of Maria Antoinette, the executed French queen).
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A few next non castle pics :)

Orloj (Prague astronomical clock) - the eldest working astronomical clock in Europe ( from 1410).

The figures of the 12 apostles, come out every hour and pass by the window above the astronomical dial. There are also eight immobile figures on the left and right side of the clock dial and the calendar. The Sphere or clock dial shows the movement of the sun, phases of the moon, the equinoxes, the seasons, the days, and the zodiac.

Just imagine....such cyber technology was a true shock for 15th century visitor who saw it first time.


Tyn church
(on the right side of picture)...Church with tomb of Tycho de Brahe a famous astronome. His tomb was investigated just a few months ago. My friend worked in the team.


Zlata ulicka (Golden Lane), historical street of Prague, originally living place of goldsmiths in 16th century (during reign of Rudolf II Habsburg, philantrop and alchemy, astronomy supporter).


Strahovsky klaster (Strahov monastery, Prague) library ( can be seen in movie Dungeons and Dragons (academy of wizards).



Slavonice town
(2500 habitants), just a nice town in SW Moravia


A Czech village



Village 2



U can see such villages in Czech rep, Austria and Germany. Buildings were white or painted by a nice colors. Villages were round or square with very common pond and small church in center. Pond served for gooses and ducks of villagers. All these houses were small farms with front side of houses oriented to center of village. Fields were always located on other side of houses.
Farms in USA and north Europe are usually located in centre of their fields with big distance between each farm, these villages are different. Farms are nearby of other farms. I grew up in such village.
Today, these village houses are owned by people from cities and mostly from Prague who seeking a peace in these stressfull times and original villagers leaving to cities while seeking job.




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Wow, they seem great! I would like to go there and visit those classic architectures. It must be a feeling of traveling back through the time channel~
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In 1581 Baltazar Maio da Ronio reconstructed Hluboka Castle for Adam Hradec, converting it into a Renaissance chateau.     
During the Thirty Years War Hluboka was the seat of the imperial general don Baltazar de Marrados.
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I get the impression that these castles were more like large homes designed to make an impression than fortifications designed to repel invaders.
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Karlstejn Castle became a place for safekeeping of the Czech coronation jewels at the outbreak of the Hussite war.    
They were kept there for nearly 200 years.
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