Kozel castle – Part 1

The official website of the castle Kozel states that this castle is the most visited castle in western Bohemia. On the one hand I wonder whether this statement might be biased but on the other hand I find it easily believable. I love the castle with its beautiful garden and park and I like to come back from time to time. But I don’t remember being there in autumn… this might have been for the first time… and I was enchanted.

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The castle season ends on 31st October in the Czech Republic and we came there on Saturday, the 30th. It was a nice afternoon. Quite cold but accompanied by clear sky and only a few visitors, simply wonderful conditions for taking pictures. We explored the park throughout and found many new parts we had never visited.

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Kozel used to be a hunting castle and the building itself looks quite simple. The architect of the castle was supposedly influenced by the French philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau who propagated return to nature.

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“Kozel” means “goat” in Czech and it seems a peculiar name for a castle. According to a legend, this name stems from an old pagan Slavic habit. Ancient Slavs would sacrifice a goat in the time of equinox in this location to reconcile gods with them and to hope for good harvest.

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There is also a chapel, riding-school, stable and building for servants in the areal. My friend got married in the chapel, weddings are quite popular there. I wish we visited also the interior but our children were not keen on that idea and we didn’t want to force it upon them. Next time, maybe…

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    1. Keith, the weather was really beautiful. My digital camera had a little problem with too wide light dynamic range (I mean too strong sunshine and too deep shadows at one moment) and I had to be pretty careful with exposure settings but I accepted the challenge…

  1. It ought to have been renamed (for the tourists) “Cozy Castle” 🙂 It looked wonderful.

    PS Thank you for the nice comment – you should have seen the 50 I threw in the bin…

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