Sovinec Castle

25. 11. 2013

Sovinec Castle rises proudly up on a rocky promontory in the mountainous valley of the Nízký Jeseník Mountains.

This was built in the 14th century and became an important Hussite fortress one hundred years later. Great danger came again during the Thirty Years War and despite the massive fortifications, it was captured by the Swedish army of General Torstenson.

Nowadays however, we can admire the castle fortifications as the most extensive preserved fortifications from the time of the Thirty Years War in our lands. During World War Two, the castle was used as a prison and base for the SS. On the contrary, it was one of the freedom cells during the period of normalisation where banned Czech artists were able to present their work. Visit a place full of the widely differing throes of Czech history, set in wonderful countryside.

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