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Týřov Castle Ruin

Týřov Castle was founded during the reign of Wenceslaus I and finished in 1249. In its time, it was truly remarkable, consisting of nine towers and four bastions, which was unusual in the Czech lands. The emperor Charles IV also found it militarily valuable, and it was one of the first castles he bought back upon his return to Bohemia; he then included it in the Maiestas Carolina legal code.described as a Gothic château due to the fact that the structure had to fulfil the very stringent requirements of its inhabitants as a status symbol.

Its architect, the Křivoklát burgrave Jíra of Roztoky, conceived of a grand design, and the finished luxurious residence almost rivalled royal castles. Its most remarkable feature was the architectonically perfected and richly decorated chapel. The fate of the castle was sealed by a series of fires, after which the deteriorating structure was almost forgotten. Its restoration was overdue, starting in 1914, which is why only parts of the this marvellous and important structure survive today.

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