The Krivoklat castle belongs to the most interesting Czech royal castles. Its history is closely connected with the history of the Bohemian Kingdom. The earliest records about castle come from the 12th century and they speak of a hunting castle built by Premyslides. The records mention the "old" and the "new" castle. Where the old castle stood has not yet been clarified.
The castle was a favorite dwelling-place for Wenceslas I and his son Premysl Otakar II, who rebuilt the castle in the 13th century most probably into the present-day form. The newly built castle has a shape of a triangle, at the peak of which stands the upper castle - the Royal palace with upper courtyard, its dominant point is the round tower.
Future Caesar Charles IV, lived as a boy in Krivoklat up to his departure to France in 1323. His son Wenceslas IV, who was also brought up in Krivoklat, was a passionate hunter and loved the castle. He made some building adjustments and extended castle by several buildings. The present-day castle and the entrance tower named "Prochodita" (it means walk-through) was constructed in this time too.
In the 1st half of the 15th century, after Hussite troubles and alldestroyed fire in 1422, the castle fell forfeit to nobility (Ales of Stenberk), and was later bought back into royal hands by Jiri of Podebrady. The castle passed through the most changes and reconstructions during the reign of Vladislav II in the end of 15th century. The main attention was concentrated on the rebuilding and decorating of the upper castle and rebuilding the early Gothic chapel, built by the Premyslides. It was the last significant stage in the history of Krivoklat as a royal castle.
Habsburg family, except Rudolf II, didn't interest in Krivoklat so much. Castle became no more then a prison in the 16th century.
I will continue the story next time with another photo.
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ikeharel (37378) 2012-09-25 7:12
Taken a stroll through your gallery, and must say your town is beautiful and offers lot's of photograpy opportunities.
This picture taken in a fine moment, as the morning mist covered a small part of the pic. space, but let us see how beautiful the castle is.
Lovely shot, well collected.
dale54 (4932) 2012-09-25 11:29
jan hi,very pleasing capture here,great POV! love this scene! tfs! dr
m00n (2139) 2012-09-27 2:18
Very natural, well laid out in the frame, great colors filled with naturalism.
Great job, and climate adds fog of mystery. Very good technically and artistically. He catches my eye at least.
notrap (4692) 2012-09-30 11:31
you have been at the right place in the right moment, capturing the mix of fog and bright sunshine. A very pleasing photo!
Nard (6913) 2012-10-02 0:09
A beautiful picture with this contrast between the blue sky and the mist. The light on the castle is splendid and you've well captured it.
Silvio1953 (98217) 2012-10-07 3:06
Ciao Jan, fascinating misty composition with fantastic castle, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
Fis2 (73124) 2012-10-20 10:00
Good frame, colors and light.
Fog add savor of photo.
I like it.
Have a nice sunday.
mjw364 (3720) 2012-10-22 7:31
HelloJan a beautiful photograph and an interesting note. Nice atmosphere from the mist and the colours are on enhanced by the light.
kasianowak (2263) 2012-11-06 11:53
Unique image which looks as if it were composed of two separate photos taken at different times of the day - early morning mist plus full sunshine and blue sky! You have a good eye for interesting weather conditions.
Great colours and light.
tyro (13111) 2013-04-29 7:58
I love this one!
The light and the colours on this magnificent castle are beautiful and the mist at the left side of the picture adds a wonderfully mystical mood. It almost looks to me as though the mist is rising from water near the castle but, when I look at your very helpful map, I see no sign of any lakes or rivers near here!
Beautiful light, perfect exposure, gorgeous colours and exquisite details and sharpness.
macjake (39235) 2013-04-30 6:38
love it love it love it!!
I have the exact same POV of Krivoklat :)
this was my favorite castle i visited on my european trip last year.
the photo looks great despite what looks to be some harsh light coming from the right.