Monday, March 31, 2014

Czech Castles

I'm palling a trip to Czech Republic (for the 4th time) and i might visit a few of the beautiful czech castles. 

 Foto: Ivan Rillich
Bouzov, one of the most visited castles in the Czech Republic, is located just 35 km from Olomouc. The castle was initially constructed as a Gothic stronghold in the early 14th century. In the 15th century, fortifications were enlarged and strengthened, and in the 16th and 17th centuries the castle was gradually converted into a residential site. It was rebuilt in the Romantic style by the Habsburg Archduke Eugene into a summer seat of the Teutonic Knights at the turn of the 19th and 20th century. The castle is said to be the birthplace of the Czech King George of Podebrady. It is a perfect example of a medieval castle, equipped inside with the highest comforts of its time. Romantic interiors with rich painting and carving decoration of local folk artists are furnished with period furniture. - in:

 Foto: Ivan Rillich
Zleby Castle is located in the small municipality of Čáslav which is located within the beautiful Czech region of Central Bohemia.
The gothic palace is considered to be the biggest attraction of the entire Kutna Hora district even though the town is located 25 kilometers from Zleby Castle.
The original medieval Gothic structure at this site appears in the 13th century when the castle Zleby was built by the Lords of Lichtenburg.
During the so-called Hussite Wars, Zleby Castle suffered enormous damage and had to be restored and reconstructed in detail. In the 16th and 17th century the mansion was in the possession of Chotouchovských, who made it the amazingly beautiful Renaissance palace we see today.
A little later Zleby fell into the hands of Lords of Auersperg. Members of this family pronounced an English style within the castle during the period between 1849 - 1868.
The last male heir of the family was Prince Ferdinand, who died in 1942. After his death the castle was managed by Marie Trauttmansdorfu, who took care of the mansion until 1945, when the political system required that it be nationalized.

Today's wealth, which has been managed to be preserved within the castle Zleby, is composed of a large and interesting collection of military equipment, interesting leather wallpaper, mosaics, one lineage gallery with portraits of the 16th century and other interesting things. - in:

Foto: Ivan Rillich
Kokořín Castle is a castle located some 10 km (6 mi) northeast of Mělník, Czech Republic. It was built in the first half of the 14th century by order of Hynek Berka z Dubé. It was heavily damaged during the Hussite Wars and stood in ruins until the reconstruction campaign of 1911–1918. It was nationalized in 1948 and has been designated a national cultural landmark since 2001. - in: wikipedia

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