66 Castles and chateaux
67
Pern%tejn
Reason to visit
This marble castle with a silvery
access path (made from mica stones)
and splendid architecture rises from
the rock above deep green forests like
the mysterious abode of the Lord
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stories like swallows’ nests ingeniously
enlarged the living space of the castle.
Of historical interest
The castle bears the name of a famous
noble family, one of the richest
in the Czech lands, for whom large
loans from the emperor became fateful.
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them, they were forced to sell off their
vast estate. The castle has retained
its Gothic-Renaissance form, unchanged
since its completion in the 16th century.
Its underused interiors have been
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of time and by vandals.
Thick walls, small windows
and impressive vaulting, a dungeon
and chapel – this is the Gothic core
of the castle. But also spiral staircases
and narrow corridors with many
authentic medieval inscriptions –
excerpts fromOvid as well
as lascivious drawings of military
guards from long ago. It is a sharp
contrast with the comfortably
furnished rooms of the last owner.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV and X weekends and public
holidays.
Státní hrad Pern%tejn
592 62 Nedv!dice
Ploskovice
Reason to visit
For this sumptuous Baroque chateau,
which could equal the residences
of foreign nobles, the ambitious
Anna Marie Franziska, Grand Duchess
of Tuscany, paid the unheard-of sum
of over a million guldens. The “little
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to her, and she personally oversaw
its construction and paid the workers
each week. To hide the extent of her
extravagance from her husband,
she burned all the bills, so neither
the construction details nor the identity
of the architect are known.
Of historical interest
In the late 15th century, an uprising
of serfs took place at the chateau
and the estate. Its main protagonist
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advocate for the oppressed.
As punishment, he was thrown into
the new dungeon at Prague Castle as
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His story was revived in the Romantic
era of the 19th century, when, thanks
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Smetana, it became a symbol of Czech
music.
The 19th-century interiors
evoke the atmosphere of the summer
residence of the retired Austrian
emperor and last crowned king
of Bohemia, Ferdinand V of Habsburg.
The Baroque artificial water caves
(grottos) should not be missed.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV and X weekends and public
holidays.
Státní zámek
411 42 Ploskovice 1
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