Monday, March 7, 2011


This 11th century castle is located near Znojmo, Czeck Republic. This is one of the last remaining Moravian Castles in Eastern Europe. It is situated on a steep promotory above the river Zeletavka near the village of Bitov. It is the former home of the Counts of Daun whose ancestors rebuilt the castle into its romantic style form.

Around 19th century, the castle was renovated making it very Gothic adding richly decorated state rooms. In the 20th century, the castle went another extensive renovation, reflecting Czech early gothic architecture and style.

The arrangement is highly intricate and leads in one direction towards the front moat to which both the wedge-shaped round towers pointed. The outer tower, above the moat, was later merged with the body of the castle, while the other tower stands alone at the rear of the inner court.

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