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Sovinec, exterior. The land falls away steeply behind the castle - a good defensive position.

The land falls away steeply behind the castle - a good defensive position.

Bouzov, interior hall, closeup of door. Menorahs looted from somewhere - most of the interior furnishings belong to the Order of Teutonic Knights

Bouzov, interior hall, closeup of door. Menorahs looted from somewhere - most of the interior furnishings belong to the Order of Teutonic Knights

Bouzov, arcade along inner courtyard

Bouzov, arcade along inner courtyard

Bouzov, upper arcade, facing south

Bouzov, upper arcade, facing south

Bouzov, hall with built-in wooden seats (thrones?)

Bouzov, hall with built-in wooden seats (thrones?

Bouzov, inner plan. The interior hall is entered from the arcade to the left of the round tower at the bottom of the plan. Stone walls are very thick and butressed to go up several stories, even thicker for the tower.

The interior hall is entered from the arcade to the left of the round tower at the bottom of the plan. Stone walls are very thick and butressed to go up several stories, even thicker for the tower.

Bouzov, outer buildings, courtyard and bridge to castle proper

Bouzov, outer buildings, courtyard and bridge to castle proper

Helfstejn reconstruction, illustration of final appearance

Helfstejn reconstruction, illustration of final appearance

Hrad Helfštejn - letecký pohled na impozatní zříceninu hradu (foto: letecký pohled na impozatní zříceninu hradu (foto: www.fotozletadla.cz)

Hrad Helfštejn - letecký pohled na impozatní zříceninu hradu (foto: letecký pohled na impozatní zříceninu hradu (foto: www.fotozletadla.cz)

Sovinec, plan showing full development

Sovinec, plan showing full development

Sovinec plan. Outer walls, rock base of main castle

Outer walls, rock base of main castle

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