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Castle of Házmburk


Castle of Házmburk
Locality type: Castles
Continent: Europe
State (country): Czech republic
Place: Litoměřice district

In past, it was a big castle, now it is a majestic ruin. Hazmburg is situated in romantic countryside of Bohemian Hills. This area was known to inhabitants just in 6th century and was colonized with Slavonic clans. Surrounding hills, where the castle is placed, was colonized with Lucans. Both Slavonic tribes riveled of hegemony over this area with each other. Finally, Prince Neklan took possession over. Within rule of Hostivít, his son, let built Leva, from Vlastislav parentage, a castle, in order to gain back a hegemony over Lučany dominion. Bohemian Prince let sent military troops, however, besieged troops made an attack and won the fight.

First written notice comes of 1335. King Jan Lucemburský sold  this castle to King´s secretary Zbynek Zajíc of Valdek. He let to build dwelling-palaces in castle´s nucleus and let to surround with other walls-fortifications. So, in its western part there was created dark basalt tower, named Black Tower. The second tower, constructed of sandstone freestones, known later as White Tower. This tower is connected with a legend about White Lady with bloody spot on her breast.

However, the castle changed many owners. There were, for instance, Lobkowitz, Sternberg or Dietrichstein Parentages. In 1945, a state became an unique owner of the castle. After fall of  communism, there were effected restore works during 1994-1996.

Opening time table for  public:

April - September: Tuesdays-Sundays and public holidays: 10.00 - 18.00

                              closed on Mondays

October - November: Tuesdays-Sundays: 10.00 - 16.00, closed on Mondays

December-March: closed

Entrance tickets:

Unique fee: CZK 20,-

Reduction: 50% school pupils, students, invalids, pensioners older than 65 years of age.

Text: Maxim Kucer

Photo: pruvodce.com/hazmburk


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