88 Castles and chateaux
89
Velké Losiny
Reason to visit
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Renaissance chateaux north of the
Alps, in the late 17th century it became
infamous as the scene of witch trials.
The cruel inquisitor used trumped-up
accusations to have more than
50 innocent women and men – mostly
wealthy burghers whose property
was the real reason for their persecution
– tortured and burned alive at the stake.
Of historical interest
For more than three centuries,
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one of the richest families in Moravia.
The original small water fortress could
not meet their high standards,
and therefore they had it rebuilt
on a grand scale in the 16th century.
Tip: At the end of the 16th century,
the ,erotíns established a paper
mill in Velké Losiny which has been
in continuous operation since
that time, using unique technology
to produce handmade paper
of the highest quality and durability,
much sought after by artists around
the world. It is open to the public
year round.
Although visitors’ interest
is most riveted by the Hall of Justice,
the tragic site of the interrogations
of those accused of witchcraft,
the most valuable room in the
chateau is the austere Knights’ Hall,
with walls decorated in leather
and a towering Renaissance stove
made of colourful tiles. The chateau
also has an important collection
of art works, weapons, and a wonderful
group of tapestries – the second
largest in Moravia.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV and X weekends and public holidays.
788 15 Velké Losiny 268
Vizovice
Reason to visit
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of the Late Baroque period in Moravia,
it stands in the centre of the town
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of distinctive folk traditions and whose
local specialty is the plum distillate
called slivovice. You can learn about
its illustrious four-century tradition
at a small museum inside the chateau.
Of historical interest
The insolvent manor, destroyed
by Turkish raids, was bought
at auction in the mid-18th century
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Hannibal of Blümegen, who later became
a bishop. He had it levelled to the ground
and built here a grand, ultramodern
residence in the French style.
It is preserved in its unaltered form,
including the original stone and parquet
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and shutters.
Two tour routes present
the reception areas of the chateau
including the chapel and also
the private rooms for family members,
guests and servants.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV and X weekends and public
holidays.
Nám!stí Palackého 376
763 12 Vizovice
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