The heart of Křivoklátsko
Křivoklát Castle is one of the oldest and most important Czech castles. Its origins date back to the 12th century. The castle was built during the reign of Přemysl Otakar II. During its existence, many monarchs headed by Charles IV lived here. Křivoklát was severely damaged by fire several times. During the Hussite wars, coronation jewels were stored here. It became a feared prison and its importance declined sharply. The romanticism of the 19th century and especially the owners of the castle, the Fürstenberks, who held the castle until 1929, brought the castle to its rescue by its restoration. The last owner Max Egon II. he sold the castle and the manor to the Czechoslovak Republic that year.
Viewpoint U Trojice
From this viewpoint there is one of the most beautiful views of the castle. The lookout is named after the chapel of St. Trinity, located in the foreground of the castle. The small triangular chapel is probably from the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries. Corrected in 2008. In the niches paintings depicting the Holy Trinity, the patron saint of the Czech lands of St. Wenceslas and St. Vendelína
The castle tour will take you not only into the interiors of the castle, but also back in time to history.
One of the most beautiful parts of the interiors is undoubtedly the castle chapel of the Coronation of the Virgin Mary. The chapel replaced the original early Gothic Wenceslas Chapel from the 13th century. It acquired a late Gothic appearance during the reign of Vladislav II. Jagiellonian, when the castle underwent a magnificent reconstruction.
View from the Huderka tower
Huderka Tower was the castle's defense tower. Due to the fact that it was also used as a famine, it was the most feared building in the entire castle. At present, the tower serves as a souvenir shop and from its gallery there is a view of the castle complex and the wooded surroundings.
Monument to Prince Charles Egon II. from Fürstemberg
After a tour of the castle, I recommend a walk to the monument to Prince Charles Egon II. The monument was built between 1858 and 1860 as a tribute and memorial to Charles Egon II. from Fürstenberg, whose bust of white marble is located in the middle of the monument.
View from the monument
From the monument to Charles Egon II. is a beautiful view of the whole Křivoklát towering over the village of the same name.
From the monument to Charles Egon II. you can continue along the yellow tourist sign to the Paraplíčko lookout. The lookout is located above the confluence of the Berounka River and Rakovnický brook, near the Křivoklát castle. There is a gazebo with a conical roof, which is shaped like a paraple. From the gazebo there is a beautiful view of Berounka and Roztoky near Křivoklát.
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