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Karlstejn Castle holds an exceptional position among the Czech castles. It is located about 30 km southwest of Prague above the village of the same name and thus it makes it one of the most favorite sights in the Czech Republic. Built in 1348 by the Czech king and Roman emperor Charles IV, its main purpose was to store crown jewels and holy relics.

The Bohemian crown jewels were kept there for almost two centuries, with some short breaks. During the Thirty Year's War in 1619, the coronation jewels were moved to Prague. From 1648, when the owner and Holy Roman Emperor was defeated by Swedes, the castle fell in disrepair. A Neo-Gothic reconstruction was carried out by Josef Mocker between 1887 and 1899, giving the castle its present look.

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Additional Photos by Zbigniew Kalinowski (fotka) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 10 N: 1969] (8293)
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