Al Rabi Castle, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates  

Jan of Rosenberg obtained the whole estate with the Castle in year 1407. Jan (John) of Rosenberg was known as a political public figure and later as an enemy of the Hussite movement.That is why the Hussite armies twice besieged the Castle and twice seized, namely in 1420 and 1421. Jan Žižka lost his second eye in the second siege of the Castle. This event put Rabi Castle on the map.

The Castle passed to Wilhelm Junior of Rosenberg after death of John of Rosenberg and then the Castle fall to his nephew, Půta II Švihovský of Rosenberg. Půta Švihovský was enormously rich and his fortune and high rank in society (highest provincial) enabled him to rebuild magnificently his Castle. The reconstruction conducted skillful architect, Benedict Rejt. Massive walls with advanced artillery bastions surrounded the Castle. Půta was very wealthy, but not his sons any more. His sons, who had the Castle since 1504, were unfortunately indebted and were forced to sell off their assets. In 1548, they had to sell even the Rabí Castle.

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