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Karlstejn, Czech Republic

Karlstejn Castle  is a large Gothic castle founded 1348 AD by Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor-elect and King of Bohemia. The castle served as a place for safekeeping the Imperial Regalia as well as the Bohemian/Czech crown jewels, holy relics, and other royal treasures. Located about 30 km southwest of Prague above the village of the same name, it is one of the most famous and most frequently visited castles in the Czech Republic.

The castle was built upon a promontory from the south side of Knezí hora hill, divided from it by a narrow sag. The first gate, a square, two-storey tower with a tall hip roof, stood above a moat at the western slope of the promontory. It was connected with the rampart traverse by means of a small portal. The traverse was protected by battlement and divided by a covered bastion in the middle. The second gate led to the Burgrave House (Purkrabství) courtyard. Drawbridges closed both entrances. The Burgrave House formed the Karlstejn settlement, it was fortified with a two meters wide rampart, the Well Tower stood slightly lower. In the burgraviate’s rampart a third gate was staved – the main entrance into the inner castle.

Hrad Karlštejn
267 18 Karlštejn
Czech Republic

Tel: +420 311 681 617, +420 311 681 695

Fax: +420 311 681 296

mailkarlstejn@npu.cz

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