In the second half of the 13th century, a mysterious
Gothic castle was built. It wasn’t near any water, wasn’t strategically
important, and didn’t seem to have anyone living in it. So why was this random
fortress built? According to local legend, it was meant to trap demons.
Supposedly, a gate to hell opened on the craggy Czech
mountain. The castle was constructed around the portal, and a chapel was
plopped directly atop the hole to keep evil monsters from spilling out of the
underworld and slipping into the human realm.
Folklore says the supposed gate to hell was so deep no
one could see the bottom of it, and those who did attempt to enter the dark
orifice encountered demonic human-animal hybrids. People claim cars won’t start
near the castle and strange, bleeding beasts still roam the area after dark.