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Discovering ruins – part 1 (Moravia and Silesia)

 
photo: Hukvaldy (wikipedia.org)
 

There are hundreds of ruins that attract thousands of visitors to Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia. In this series, we will introduce the largest and most interesting of them. This time we will focus on the ruins in Moravia and Silesia.

 
Although the ruins have been dilapidated for long time, they still radiate a peculiar charm that has always drawn many visitors. There are many ruins of this kind in Moravia and Silesia.

Hukvaldy Castle (Map)
This ruins are located about 14 km from the city of Frýdek-Místek in northern Moravia and are the largest Moravian castle ruins. The original castle was built in the 13th century but it was destroyed by fire in 1762 and was never reconstructed. Today, the Hukvaldy Castle ruins are accessible to the public. Although the building can no longer be called a castle, it serves as a venue for various social events such as the Janáček Hukvaldy International Music Festival.

Helfštýn Castle (ruins) (Map)
The castle towers above the Moravian Gate in central Moravia. It is one of the largest castles in central Europe. The original castle was built somewhere around the 13th century. The castle began to decay after the Battle of White Mountain (1620), when its owner was imprisoned in Špilberk Castle in Brno and the castle was confiscated. It was later inhabited by military troops and gradually fell into ruin. The first safety measures in preparation for reconstruction were taken at the beginning of the 20th century and are still in process.

Cornštějn (Map)
Cornštejn is a large ruin of a Gothic castle from the 14th century accessible to the public. It is considered the most romantic site in southern Moravia.

It overlooks the Vranov Reservoir near Bítov Castle. It was built on a strategic site on a rocky promontory above the Dyje River, which protects it from three sides. It was destroyed by the army of George of Poděbrady. It was once again reinforced during the era of Turkish danger in 1542. Not long after that in 1576, it changed owners and after being annexed to the Bítov domain, there was no longer a need to maintain this large castle. The abandoned castle quickly became neglected and fell into ruin.

The current appearance of the castle is a result of large-scale reconstruction. Today, the wooden galleries on the ramparts, advance small forts including an artillery bastion and a staircase into the cellars of both castle palaces were revived.
 


 
Author: Romana Kuncová
 
Added: 09.07.2012
 
 
 

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