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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

A tour of Castle Czocha

This morning we had a short tour of the Castle Czocha, where we are staying for a total of four nights. 
The picture above is the Knight's Hall
I stand near the castle's front entrance.  The Knight's Hall is along the corridor.
The Marble Hall, one of the oldest parts of the castle.  A legend about a crying child is connected with the fireplace in this Hall.  One owner was absent for some time, and returned to find his wife had a child that could not possibly be his.  The wife was drowned in the well of unfaithful wives and the child was walled up alive inside the fireplace of the Marble Hall.
The above is the main courtyard, one of whose features is the well of unfaithful wives.  It is so called because at least a couple of the castle's owners drowned their wives in the well whom they believed had been unfaithful.
This is the Treasury, which is low within the castle complex.  The Treasury was only recently discovered when a new floor was being fitted in the room above.
In the Treasury is a model of the castle.
    
This is the library.  Note the fairly innocent-looking bookcase within its glass doors.
It's actually one of many secret passageways within the castle.  Written records suggest there were around 40 hidden passageways built in the castle, of which only 14 have been discovered.
   
Beneath the Treasury are the steel and concrete reinforced doors.  When the Treasury was discovered, no treasure was found.
The vault
And, from the top of the tower, looking down towards the front entrance to the castle.  At the top of the picture is the main gate.
The lake as seen from the tower
The river Kwisa flows into the lake
The second-floor corridor
Part of the restaurant

There are two theories of the origins of the castle's name.  According to information we received, the name 'Czocha' may be due to the first owners being Czechs.  Or, it may be because the local linen industry process of roughly combing or tousling flax fibres to make linen thread is described as 'czochrac'.

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