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Cesky Sternberg Castle (Hrad Český Šternberk) is an impregnable Gothic castle on the banks of the river Sazava. This is one of the oldest and most visited castles in the Czech Republic. It was founded in the 13th century on the site of an ancient fortification. This castle - the family nest of the most famous and wealthy noble family Czech Republic - Sternberg. The name of the castle gave the family coat of arms depicting the star on a blue background (it. Stern - Star)
Cesky Sternberg Castle is located at the top of the cliff. This is quite an impregnable fortress, stood on his long lifetime are many sieges. The walls of the main building like a spring from the rock - no additional fortifications do not need quite those walls whose thickness at the base reaches a half meters.
Rooms of the palace are richly decorated and are of great interest to all lovers of antiquity. The impressive Knights' Hall - the biggest ceremonial hall, which was built around 1500. It is decorated with unique crystal chandeliers of the XVIII century, each of which weighs 300 kilograms. In this room furniture is stored, served with the owners of the XVI century. The paintings on the ceiling of the Knights' Hall are made by Italian artist Carl Brentanom.
After the war the Castle was nationalized by the state and only in 1992 it was returned to the son of the last owner, Zdenek von Sternberg, who now resides in the castle and he sometimes gives tours.