34 Castles and chateaux
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Karl%tejn
Reason to visit
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Emperor Charles IV could not have
chosen a better place to keep holy relics
and the Imperial Crown Jewels.
He gave the royal treasures a resting
place under the gilded dome
of the Chapel of the Holy Cross,
which is covered in glass disks to create
the illusion of a starry sky. Like silent
witnesses, they watch over the panel
paintings of dozens of saints by Master
Theodoric, a leading representative
of medieval European painting.
Of historical interest
Charles IV personally supervised
the completion of the imperial residence
and the decoration of the interior, even
conferring with his stargazers.
The castle’s appearance today, after
a thorough reconstruction at the turn
of the 20th century, is quite different
from that of the original Gothic structure,
and the architect Josef Mocker faulted
the repairs for making the castle
too beautiful and perfect. The most
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from three sides by high forested slopes,
still retains its special magic today.
Tip: If you do not wish to climb the
steep hill to the most-visited Czech
monument, you can be taken by horse-
drawn carriage from the village below
the castle.
The Imperial Palace and the Marian
Tower will leave you with no doubt that
you are in the residence of the greatest
Czech sovereign. Some places, such
as his bedroom and study or his private
chapel, evoke the strange feeling
that Charles IV has remained
personally present.
VII–VIII, 1–9 I, 1–13 XI
and 25–31 XII daily,
III–V and IX–X Tuesday–Sunday,
other times on weekends.
Every year the costumed Royal
Procession sets o$ with the coronation
jewels from Prague to Karl%tejn Castle.
The historical celebration concludes
with a tournament for the title
of Bohemian Knight (VI).
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Reason to visit
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Mountains and the newly built trade
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Roman Emperor Charles IV had
a sentry castle built close to the border.
As a gesture of friendship, he plighted
it to his loyal and wise adviser
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Bohemian cardinal. He even entrusted
him with the education of his young son,
the future sovereign Wenceslas
(Václav) IV.
Of historical interest
The fact that the sovereign took the
protection of the region and the Golden
Trail trade route seriously is evidenced
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With the exception of oriels, the side
towers were built without openings
– in case the castle should be bombarded
with dangerous projectiles and hurled
weapons.
The massive castle towers o$er
vistas of the mysterious )umava
forests.
V–X Tuesday–Sunday,
IV weekends, 28 XII–1 I daily.
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