The Royal castle of Bezdez is one of the most important Gothic castles in Bohemia. It had been founded by Premysl Otakar II. It is built on the clinkstone hill of Velky Bezdez and it creates a characteristic dominant feature of the region. It was built during the years of 1260 – 1280. It met the demands for the inaccessible and at the same time the representative Royal castle. One year after the death of Premysl Otakar II, the Bezdez castle became the jail for Queen Kunhuta and her adolescent son Václav II, who were held over there after the Battle at Moravian Field by the Margrave called Otto Braniborsky. Together with creation of the cloister during the times of Ferdinand II, the Benedictine Monks transferred a duplicate of the Madonna of Montserrat sculpture into the castle in 1666, and thus the castle became the place of pilgrimage. The castle started to desolate and to be unoccupied in the 18th century. The romantic silhouette of the castle has drawn attention of the number of artists, among the others of the known Czech Romantic poet Karel Hynek Macha.
Czech Central Mountains and Macha area is a spacious area in the Czech Republic northwestern inland. The region is located in the foothills of the Ore Mountains and the Lusatian Mountains. Major part of this territory belongs to the protected landscape area called the Bohemian Highlands.
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