Děvín – the ruins of a mediaeval castle
Děvín is connected with many tales, perhaps because there are only ruins left from the large mediaeval castle on top of a distinct hill today.
What will you see? Large remains of the castle walls, cellars and the castle well. The deep well in the courtyard probably ensured supply of water in case of siege. The actual history of the Děvín castle starts in the 13th century. Wide surroundings up to the border forests were then in the hands of the Markwartinger family, and the castle was probably founded by them before 1250. Over the centuries, the castle had different owners – for a short time it was even a royal castle (during the reign of Ottokar II of Bohemia, 1253–1278); in the 16th century, it was owned by the Vartenberks (as well as Stráž and other local possessions). In the 17th century, its importance declined and it was probably uninhabited and desolate. The castle has never been conquered, although there have been several attempts to do so (e.g. during the skirmishes with the Lusatian League in 1444, when the besiegers managed to devastate and burn the villages around the castle).
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