Czech Republic (or Czechia), a central European country that was previously part of Czechoslovakia is fairly well-known for its abundance of beautiful castles as they are located in almost every visible facet of the country.
One most highly frequented castle recognized by tourists across the globe is none other than their Hluboka Nad Vltavou Castle that lies in the very heart of South Bohemian Region, or České Budějovice, also locally monikered as Budějce. Another one being the State Castle and Chateau in Cesky Krumlov of which is under close supervision of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), making it a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Monument since 1992. Similar to any historical monuments, these castles have their respective backstory that has been passed down through generations and is customarily awe-inspiring. Having said that, there exists one castle in this very nation that changes people’s perspective on a downright neutral historical landmark.
Laying on the cliff top of Prague we have a gothic-styled castle renowned for the most infamous motive across paranormal-enthusiasts and experts. Houska Castle established in the 13th century has since inundated locals residing nearby with the darkest of myths and legends possible. Located approximately an hour north of Prague atop a cliff, a rather secluded site almost impossible for residential purposes, what are the odds behind its precise construction?
Adventurers of whom are adequately courageous to visit this castle of spook have claimed its attributes as downright out of the ordinary. Pictures displayed across the internet may have it appear just as usual and resemble the construction of any other typical castles. However, for ones who have been there personally, the windows are a complete facade where sturdy walls are built beyond glass panes. In addition to that, the castle does not have ramparts to safeguard amidst invasions; source of water; kitchens; together with the most important element – occupants. This proves a point as to how Houska Castle was established for motives apart from making it a defensive sanctuary or residence. Not only that, as mentioned previously, its location is another aspect leaving people in utter confusion; it seems as though this very castle decided to appear out of nowhere. With zero strategic value for not situated close any trading routes, it is surrounded by thick forestry, swamps, and mountains.
Adventurers who gained authoritative access to enter its interior added that the very room built atop the dark abyss was the chapel itself to which the frescoes as the indication. To put this into perspective, there exists a painting of a dragon, symbolizing the devil in accordance with demonology. Also, a left-handed centaur (a creature where the upper part of the physique resembles that of a human, and the bottom part a horse) was noticed arching a bow and arrow, an action associated with evil amidst medieval times.
The Motives Behind This Seemingly Purposeless Construction
It was constructed upon the rationale of sealing up the alleged Gateway To Hell. Legend has it that semi-animal, semi-human life forms were habituated to creep out from the hollow amidst nightfall followed by black winged entities of whom onslaught locals and drag them down into the bottomless pit. The castle was primarily built for this function : to retain these demonic creatures in their realm.
Did It Mark An End To The Haunts
Unfortunately no, at least how local inhabitants claimed it to be. Despite the effort to seal up the bottomless hollow, an effort that has been done over seven hundred years ago, some said they could still hear noises of blasphemous creatures scratching from the lower parts of the castle at night, probably trying to make their way up the pit. Some experts who inspected the area professed to also hear screamings emanating from unidentified sources around the construction.
As the saying goes “curiosity killed the cat”, numerous intrigued visitors stated to have noticed a bleeding headless entity loitering around the central courtyard and deformed monsters wandering around the castle ostensibly without good intentions. It is elucidated that the latter is a hybrid between a human, frog, and bulldog. Besides, it is also reported that poltergeist events are a quotidian phenomenon within the castle where objects are moved and ruined without proper explanation of why it even occurred in the first place.
Spine-Chilling Backstory Prior To Its Construction
To embark on this rather significant construction, it is stated that prisoners of a death sentence were offered free pardons provided they are willing to be lowered down to the bottomless hollow by rope and report back what they have encountered amidst the process. The earliest man to take up this quest began screaming at the very top of his lungs seconds after he entered the darkness and pleaded to be pulled back up. Upon return, this young man appeared as though he had just aged 30 years within the timeframe of seconds; his hair turned white and skin awfully wrinkled. He experienced extreme hysteria post his way down the pit to an extent where he had to be sent away to a mental asylum for treatment. Unfortunately, he died for unexplained reasons two days later.
A Paranormal Site Worth The Visit
Houska Castle notwithstanding its infamous popularity has been a top-picked amongst those who are fond of supernatural-related phenomena in order to fulfill their satisfaction. Prior to setting foot into the castle, bear in mind that not everyone is “lucky” (not sure if that is the most suitable term”) enough to cross paths with whatever occurrence that has been met by the majority. Nonetheless, it remains a beautiful castle that surely merits being granted attention. If you happened to visit Prague anytime soon, care to drop by for an experience to test whether its very presence spooks you up.