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7. KŘIVOKLÁT CASTLE

Křivoklát Castle can be found in Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic.  It is one of the oldest and most important castles of the Czech Republic.  Křivoklát was founded during the 12th century belonging originally to Bohemain kings.  During the reign of Přemysl Otakar II a large, royal castle was built, and then later rebuilt by king Václav IV and later enlarged by king Vladislav of Jagellon.

The castle was destroyed by fire several times.  It was turned into a feared prison and the building slowly deteriorated over time.  During the 19th century, the Fürstenberg family became the owners of the castle, maintaining ownership until 1929, and had it reconstructed after a fire in 1826.  Today the castle houses a museum, is a popular tourist destination and a place of theatrical exhibitions.  Also on display are collections of hunting weapons, Gothic paintings and old books.  The Village Křivoklát slowly grew up under the castle since 14th century.