K?ivoklát was founded in the 12th century, belonging to the kings of Bohemia. During the reign of P?emysl Otakar II a large, monumental royal castle was built, later rebuilt by king Václav IV and later enlarged by king Vladislav of Jagellon.
The castle was damaged by fire several times. It was turned into a harsh prison and the building slowly deteriorated. During the 19th century, the family of Fürstenberg became the owners of the castle and had it reconstructed after a fire in 1826.
Today the castle serves as a museum, tourist destination and place for theatrical exhibitions. Collections of hunting weapons, Gothic paintings and books are stored there.
The village of K?ivoklát, founded in the 14th century, grew slowly below the castle.
K?ivoklát on an engraving by Wenceslaus Hollar from the 17th century
K?ivoklát on a watercolor by Antonín Mánes from 1835.
Altar in gothic chapel of the Coronation of the Virgin Mary from the time of King Vladislav II. Jagiellonian