Devil's Castle

The largest historic structure in Chernarus is this castle, located in the north-central area that also includes Severograd, Grishino, and Black Mountain.

It was built some time in the late 11th or early 12th century by the man considered to be the de facto founder of this country: the Duke, Ivan Kozlov. He would go on to build several other castles, but none were ever as grand as this one and few have survived the passage of time as well.

Once known as Kozlov Castle after its builder and original owner, Devil’s Castle earned the name it wears today when a bandit named Jakub Čert (Devil) from Gorka began inhabiting it some time later. He used this location as his center of operations for conducting raids, and at one point enlarged the castle beyond its original design — though it’s impossible to say for certain what is original and what was added by Čert.

Citadel on the Hill

In part due to being built on a hill, the castle can be seen from quite a distance. During gloomy days or otherwise poor weather, it can be downright creepy to see it looming in the background.

Form an Orderly Queue

These days, this is a historic site like the other castles. A modern road has been paved up to the entrance, and signs can be found all over the place. Very little has been done to preserve the structure though unfortunately.

Beautiful Ruins

On a sunny afternoon this is a pleasant place to be. There is very little here to remind you of any kind of past, just weathered stone walls standing against the punishment of time.

Central Towers

Most of the other castles have only one main tower, but Devil’s Castle has several. These towers and their connecting walls form an inner courtyard within the wider walls of the castle.

Standing Proud

This place sees too much traffic to be viable as a campsite, but it would be an excellent location for an event with a long attendance list. It may be a shell of its former self, but it is still impressive even today.

Don't Look Down

There were likely railings inside the towers at one point in time, but they’ve long since rotted away or been removed. If you decide to climb to the top, take care not to slip or lean the wrong way — it may be your last mistake.

Visitor's Center

At the base of the hill where the castle resides, a visitor’s center has been put in place for tourists coming to see the site. There’s a multi-purpose cabin probably for offices, a ticket booth, a picnic area, and a parking lot since there isn’t much reason to drive past this point.

Kozlovka

Situated in a valley northwest of Chernogorsk and in the shadow of Windy Mountain is a town bearing the Duke’s name. There is nothing particularly special about this place, but it is a major route of travel for survivors working their way inland from the coast.

Quaint Village

The houses of this town are arranged in a unique horseshoe pattern, and one imagines that the people who lived here were probably very friendly with one another given the small size and relative remoteness of this place.

The valley where Kozlovka resides is one of the best places to hunt in all of Chernarus due to its wide open spaces and proximity to forests.

Tourism

Simply carrying the name of the old Duke is enough to get the occasional traveler through town.

Pik Kozlova

Survivors who wash up on shore often find themselves staring down this craggy peak known as Pik Kozlova. Taking its name straight from the Duke, the mountain was identified by him as being significant enough to warrant use as an attention piece. During his reign, a sign was installed here warning would-be pirates and raiders against landing here for fear of suffering his wrath.

Dwellings

A few houses sit at the foot of the mountain, providing an important stopping point for travelers making the long walk between Elektro and Cherno via the highway.

Cap Golova

Jutting out into the sea at the bottom of the mountain is a small peninsula known as Cap Golova. This rocky piece of land is where the lighthouse resides to warn ships that may wreck into the shore.

View of the City

From the storage shed on the Cap, it’s possible to see all the way across Chyornaya Bay to Chernogorsk.

Daunting Coastline

This is definitely no place for a ship to dock. Many rocks and smaller islands stick out of the water just in front of the Cap, making it very hazardous indeed for vessels to navigate this stretch of coast.

Watch Your Step

As you make your way to the peak, it can be very tempting to stop and look over the side at the view below. Exercise caution, because it’s a very long fall if you should you lose your footing.

View to Die For

When you finally make it to the top, the view you receive is unparalleled. To the West, it is possible to see all the way to Prison Island and beyond.

Shared by Tatanko on October 27, 2015

The sixth in a seven part series about the noteworthy places in Chernarus.

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