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Houska Castle | by David Semuret
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Houska Castle

On a forested hill, perched on the edge of a limestone cliff, stands Castle Houska. This ancient stone structure has for centuries held a certain notoriety in the region of northern Bohemia in the Czech Republic. Why have local people always avoided the castle and surrounding area, fearing that some evil lurks there? Why is it that so many dead birds are so often found in the castle's inner courtyard? Why was this castle built on a site that was historically covered with impenetrable woods, not even suitable for hunting, with no nearby borders or trade routes to defend? Why did the Swedish mercenary leader and black magician Oronto decide to make this castle his home and laboratory in 1639, and what was he doing there that terrified the local peasants so much that they assassinated him? Why was Castle Houska occupied by the occult-influenced Nazi SS during the Second World War when its location was of absolutely no strategic value? Indeed, Castle Houska has long been a place which inspires a sense of fear and mystery and which raises many questions. Definite answers, however, are few and mostly conjectural...



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Uploaded on January 26, 2015