Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Kasperk castle

Well preserved ruins of the Kasperk castle (other names: Karlsberg, Karlberg) on the rock spit above the Otava river about 3 km south of the small town Kasperske Hory. It is the highest situated royal castle in Bohemia (887 m a.s.l.).

The Kasperk castle was established by the Czech King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV to protect the gold mines in the surroundings of the town Kasperske Hory as well as the old route to Bohemia from Bavaria.

Founded in 1356 and finished in 1361, Kasperk cstle is a great example of Gothic defence architecture with residential palace situated between two towers. It was plundered in the 17th century, but partly reconstructed again in the 19th century. Now only a part of the fortification, palace with both towers, and the western gate have been preserved.

The photo was taken in September 2005.

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