Kilian Ignatius Dientzenhofer constructed the one-storey chateau with a square ground plan near Litoměřice in North Bohemia during 1720-1730 for Anna Maria of Tuscany, wife of Gaston III, Duke of Tuscany, the last member of the famous Italian family of Medici.
Today's appearance of Ploskovice Chateau in North Bohemia
comes from the second half of the 19th
century. The chateau is now open to the public, and the guided tour will take you around an exhibition of furniture from the 2nd
half of the 19th
century, showing what the rooms looked like at the time when the Austrian Emperor stayed
at the chateau in the summer after his abdication.
In the ground floor of the southern part of the chateau, you will find artificial water caves, called grottos
. These Baroque
halls with fountains and wall paintings date from the early 18th
century. The centre of the grotto is formed by an oval-shaped hall with a compressed dome. The walls display reliefs of ruins of ancient buildings.
When at Ploskovice Chateau, you definitely should not miss seeing the ingeniously designed park covering an area of eight hectares, decorated with numerous fountains, a pond and rare flora
. The design was created as early as in 1720, but its present form dates from the 19th
century when the chateau was renovated.