Are you interested in a castle with a special name? Potštejn Castle on a wooded hill, which surrounds the Wild Eagle, bears the name of its founder from the Drslavice family - Půta. Potštejn was built in the hitherto uninhabited area of the Czech Kingdom and was granted to the Drslavice family as a fief. Potštejn is actually a distorted name Puttenstein, or Půtův kámen. The original Gothic castle was then further rebuilt and expanded, abandoned and modified. Its reconstruction is still underway. Potštejn is one of the largest ruins of our castles.
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Interesting facts Castle Potštejn
A visit to the massive ruins will captivate you
A visit to the ruins of Potštejn Castle is something you should definitely not miss. You can see the ruins of the surrounding buildings, the palace itself, the walls with gates and towers. The exhibition on the history of the castle is located in the most preserved entrance gate. The Chapel of the Stations of the Cross and the Baroque chapels are also admirable. Here you can order a church wedding ceremony.
Potštejn Castle had many owners
After the Drslavice family, Potštejn Castle became the property of the lords of the lords, from the later owners you will certainly know, for example, Jiří of Poděbrady, the lords of Pernštejn and the Counts of Chamaré. The castle was besieged by King Charles IV, who first had the castle demolished and then rebuilt due to its great importance for the country's defense. The real reconstruction and improvement took place during the reign of the Pernštejns, who built a truly representative Renaissance mansion here. Additional perimeter walls were added to the castle fortifications. In later times, the castle was no longer suitable as a manor house and its importance for defense declined. In the 18th century, the castle became the property of nobles of French origin Chamaré. The last owners were the lords of Dobřenice, whose Potštejn was confiscated after 1945 and is now the property of the village Potštejn.
Potštejn as the inspiration of Jirásek's Treasure
If you've ever heard the name of Count Chamaré, it's certainly related to local rumors about the treasure. Knight Nicholas of Drslavice took revenge for killing his father and became a robber knight. The wealth he amassed was never found. It is supposed to be buried in the basement of the castle. In the corner of the palace there is a mysterious Latin inscription, which Count Chamaré explained as a hint where the treasure is hidden. He then unsuccessfully searched for treasure for another 35 years. He demolished a large part of the castle, but found nothing. His efforts became the inspiration for the writer Alois Jirásek for his novel Treasure.
Author: Helena Syslová