Photographer's Note

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.
In the 17th century the Krivoklat castle and masterdom was sold to Ernest von Wallenstein with the right to repurchase. Wallensteins contributed to the improvement of all economic sectors in the estate - logging, mills, production of charcoal, processing of iron ore and others.
Mary Ann von Wallenstein (who married Joseph William Fürstenberg) bought from the Emperor Charles VI. right of repurchase and Krivoklat ceased to be a royal castle. Anna Marie bought another land and assets, and thus significantly increased Krivoklat estate - the future property of Fürstenberg.
Fürstenbergs modernized roads, built new foundries and rolling mill, developed forestry, built a new village. As a result of economic development the population of the estate significantly increased. A partial economic decline of Fürstenberg occurred at the end of the 19th century, especially after the great flood in 1872 that destroyed foundries and rolling mills.
In 1826 the castle was extensively damaged by fire, the wing of the queen's chambers was demolished at all. When the fire also burned cradle and a robe of King Wenceslas, which have been preserved as a precious relic. Karl Egon decided to fix the whole castle. After his death the repair was continued by his successors.
Krivoklat estate remained in the possession Fürstenberg until coup after the World War I, when Czechoslovak state bought back Krivoklat estate and took it under his management.

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