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KARLSTEJN CASTLE: HISTORY & TOUR AROUND THE CASTLE: The Karstejn castle was founded by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV Luxembourg in 1348. And it took only 9 years to build the main part of this wonderful construction. Between the years 1357 and 1365 the decoration – including 129 painted wooden desks by Mr. Theodoric – was made.

The Karlstejn Castle was designed to protect the imperial crown jewels and many holy relics. So, besides all the beauty, it was a great fortress that could resist to all the enemies. Btw. It was conquered only by the Swedish army at the end of the Thirty-Years War.

The castle was carefully restored at the end of the 19th century (1887-1899) by Josef Mocker. But it didn’t loose anything of its medieval appearance.

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