Houska Castle located 47 kilometres north of Prague, in the Czech Countryside

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Constructed between 1253 and 1278 during the reign of Ottokar II of Bohemia, this 762-year-old
gothic castle that was built to seal shut what locals believe is the real-life entrance to the
underworld. The castle was extensively renovated in the 16th century, mixing Renaissance style with its
imposing Gothic structure.

Numerous stories surrounding this castle about the pit and the monsters that would claw their way of
it at night – black winged creatures that were half human and half animal – spread far and wide.
Villagers were terrified to be out of their homes at night, and many of them would never venture
anywhere close to the hole, even during the brightest daylight hours.

As frightening reports of the demonic creatures attacking locals and dragging them into the
bottomless pit began to grow in frequency, the villagers knew something needed to be
done. Construction on the massive castle began with the hopes of sealing the gateway to hell for
good.Local legend says Houska Castle was built to keep the evil in, the castles chapel built directly
over the gates of hell to keep them closed.

When construction of the castle began local prisoners who had been sentenced to death were
invited to the site and offered a reprieve for being lowered down into the cave and then reporting
there findings The very first man who was tied up and lowered into the pit began screaming in terror
the moment he passed out of eyesight. When the frightened villagers hoisted him out of the
darkness, they were horrified by what they saw. The prisoner, who had been a young man only
minutes before, had aged more than 30 years while he was in the pit, and now had a full head of
white hair

As frightening reports of the demonic creatures attacking locals and dragging them into the
bottomless pit began to grow in frequency, the villagers knew something needed to be
done. Construction on the massive castle began with the hopes of sealing the gateway to hell for
good. Emperor Ferdinand III reportedly called it, “the cursed castle”. Which seems to be true Tales also
tell of kings or monks who have hidden treasure within its walls.

The German army did operate from the castle during the occupation of Czechoslovakia, but as a military
base and not the site of paranormal investigations. There are rumors of strange interdimensional
experiments by the SS (Schutstaffel) being conducted in its dungeons.

Some of the most notable features of ghost sightings Is The cellar of the Castle, nicknamed 'Satan's
Office'. Allegedly the spectre of an enrobed priest has been witnessed manifesting before the throne,
before walking up the stairs and vanishing. One of the most evil presences is regularly encountered in
the Hunting Lodge. One evening two guests, Zdena Vrzalova and her husband, were winding down
in the room when they heard a loud “thump” on the floor next to them. When Zdena turned to look at
the source of the noise, she was frozen in fear as two featureless, humanoid shadow-figures
approached her and whispered about having killed young girls.

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