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Zvíkov Castle, Czech Republic

Zvíkov  often called “the king of Czech castles”, is a castle located at the junction of the Vltava and Otava rivers, some 15 km north of Písek, in the South Bohemian Region, Czech Republic, next to the village Zvíkovské Podhradí. It is placed on a hard to access and steep promontory above the confluence of rivers Vltava and Otava. The castle is one of the most important early-Gothic castles in Czech lands. The area was inhabited as early as prehistoric times when the Celts built a fort here around the time of Jesus’ life. The current castle was built in the first half of the 13th century, most probably on the orders of King P?mysl Otakar I, but the exact date is not known. The first written mention of the castle comes from year 1234 and owned by the Kings of Bohemia.

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