Kost Castle

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Kost Castle

Kost Castle is located in the Jičín District of the Czech Republic.

Kost Castle lies in Northern Bohemia, specifically the region Bohemian Paradise (Český Ráj) and is privately owned by Kinský dal Borgo noble family[1] It was founded by Beneš von Wartenberg before 1349 as a possible construction site and was completed by his sons Peter and Marquard von Wartenberg in a high gothic style. It retains most of the original features and is overall very well preserved and maintained.

The castle is known for its donjon, so-called "White tower" (Bílá Věž), protected by two circles of fortress walls. In 1414 the family of Zajíc von Hasenburg moved there, because Nicolaus von Hasenburg married Skunka, a widow after Peter von Wartenberg. Later the castle was owned by families of Schellenberg (1497–1524), Biberstein (1524-1551), Lobkowicz (till 1576) and others. During centuries some more buildings were built near the castle and joined to it.

Unlike most other castles in Bohemia, it does not lie on a hill, but on a spit between two brooks. Another peculiarity is the tower, which has a trapezoid-like ground-plan. The trapezoidal tower has the corners facing the areas of most likely catapult attacks. This is to make the missiles glance off the tower walls instead of hitting it headon thereby minimizing the damage.


  • Tomáš DURDÍK: Ilustrovaná encyklopedie českých hradů (=Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Bohemian Castles). Libri Prague 2001 (Czech version with English resumée, rich plates and photos), ISBN 8072770357, 9788072770359

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Coordinates: 50°29′25″N 15°08′06″E / 50.49028°N 15.13500°E / 50.49028; 15.13500


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-29. Retrieved 2013-02-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)