62 Castles and chateaux
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NovéM!sto
nadMetují
Reason to visit
At the beginning of the 20th century,
a wealthy owner of a textile factory,
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Baroque chateau to become his future
family home. The renowned architects
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converted it into a modern residence,
equipped with all the amenities of the
time, such as running water, central
heating, electricity, a telephone line, and
a passenger lift and dumbwaiter.
Of historical interest
In the 17th century, the chateau with the
entire estate was granted to the Scottish
sergeant Walter Leslie, who was elevated
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an imperial count. This was a reward
for his participation in the assassination
of Albrecht von Wallenstein and other
Czech nobles accused of conspiring
against the emperor.
The modernized historical
interiors, both the representational
rooms and also the private residential
rooms of the industrialist’s family,
were boldly decorated by leading
Czech artists in the period’s prevailing
styles of Art Nouveau, Art Deco,
Cubism and Functionalism.
V and VI, IX Tuesday–Sunday,
VII and VIII daily, IV, X weekends
and public holidays.
Husovo nám!stí 1201
549 01 Nové M!sto nad Metují
Olomouc
Reason to visit
The importance for Czech history
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is comparable only with that of Prague
Castle. The remnant of the 12th-century
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stone windows is considered to be one
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Romanesque residential architecture in
Europe. It stands in stark contrast to the
ultramodern reconstruction of the entire
complex into an attractive art museum,
which has won many prestigious awards
for the young architects who designed it.
Of historical interest
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Prince Vratislav II established a bishopric
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in the castle. Inside these walls in 1306,
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played out, which has yet to be solved: The
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III, who was resting here before heading
to Poland on a military campaign, has
never been fully understood. It meant
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of the dynasty ruled for more than 400
years. The castle was then left to the clergy.
The permanent exhibition
of the Archdiocese Museum presents
art treasures from the 12th to the
18th century – one of the best Central
European collections of old paintings
– along with objects from the vault of
the Olomouc archbishops. The number
of items and their well-organized
display makes this the second most
important Czech art institution after
the National Gallery in Prague.
V–X Tuesday–Sunday.
Václavské nám!stí 3, 771 11 Olomouc
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