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are among the most important gems
of the European Renaissance style
outside its birthplace in Italy.
It was there that Zacharias of Hradec,
one of the richest and most powerful
princes of his time, became enthralled
with the new artistic style while
on his diplomatic missions. He invited
the leading Italian builders, craftsmen
and artists to his homeland and gave
them free rein to rebuild his old ancestral
seat. The opulent interiors are decorated
with furniture made of gilded silver,
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with an orangery surrounded by ponds.
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of Italian art in the Czech lands.
Of historical interest
The luxurious residence rebuilt
in the second half of the 16th century
from the original Gothic castle lived
on its fame for centuries. The wealth
of one of the most lucrative Moravian
estates dwindled and then passed into
the hands of other noble families.
The Renaissance appearance of the
chateau and the adjacent square,
lined with arcaded townhouses with
pastel-coloured façades, has remained
almost unchanged and thus retains
its original character, which is why
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World Heritage List. This exceptional
Renaissance treasure nestled between
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A tour of the chateau’s rooms
is almost like a textbook
of Renaissance art techniques.
You’ll see painted co$ered ceilings,
wood carvings and curious hunting
trophies. A true gem is the huge
Golden Hall, named for the gilded
co$ered ceiling with scenes
from ancient mythology. A tour
of the private salons of the last
owners of the chateau,
the Podstatzky-Liechtensteins,
includes the count’s bathrooms
and a dressing room with a collection
of historical clothing and accessories.
IV–X Tuesday–Sunday.
Nám!stí Zachariá%e z Hradce 1
588 56 Tel"
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