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Křivoklát Castle

A castle where Charles experienced hardship as well as joy.

Charles IV must have had an unusual attitude toward Křivoklát. How would you feel if your own father held you prisoner as a small child for several years? Charles had to dwell here from 1319 to 1323. His mum couldn’t come to see him, because she and Charles’s father had fallen out. When Charles was finally allowed to leave Křivoklát, he set out for France. While he was returning home with his French wife some years later, he made a stopover at Křivoklát. The castle that had caused him so much suffering, now witnessed his joy. His daughter was born there. Charles declared the castle as perpetual Crown Estate. Nonetheless, the hardship he had experienced there left its mark on him, so he was not very active in the maintenance of the castle. The beginnings of the castle can be found in the 12th century, and a vast reconstruction took place in the 19th century.


hrad Křivoklát
Hrad Křivoklát, Křivoklát 47, 270 23 Křivoklát

Web: www.krivoklat.cz
Tel: +420 313 558 440
GPS: 50.0378381, 13.8722519

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