Podhradí u Luhačovic, Zlín distr., Zlín Region

Medieval castle Starý Světlov

(High Middle Ages)

View of the residential building in the castle.

View of the residential building in the castle.

Photo R. Vrla, 2013.

The vast ruins of the medieval castle of Starý Světlov include well visible adjustments of the landscape and remains of the walls. In the 15th century, this was an important strategic and military facility of south-east Moravia. The first records mentioning the castle are dated back to 1360; in 1517, it is already referred to as deserted. The core was surrounded by an enceinte, which has partially survived on the north-west and south side. From the west, north and east, the upper ward is surrounded by a 5-m-broad zwinger. The whole site was fortified with a ca 15-m-deep moat (today preserved depth is 5 m) and a mighty outer earthwork with a preserved height of more than 5 m. The archaeological excavation has uncovered the remains of a four-room residential building. The western lower ward contained wooden service buildings. The conservation and renovation of the remains of walled constructions has been going on since 2013.

References: Kohoutek 1995, 2003; Plaček 1996, 2001; Vrla 2013.

Navigation point: N 49°09‘04.80“, E 17°45‘38.40“.

Map notes: A – masonry of the curtain walls; B – zwinger; C – zwinger wall; D – ditch; E – earthwork; F – lower ward; X – original entrance to the castle. Map symbols are available in the Downloads section.

Selected fulltext articles and reports for further reading. Complete bibliographical records are available in the Downloads section as the List of publications.