Saturday, January 9, 2016

Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape - Czech Republic

Lednice and Valtice were also on the list of places I'd like to visit in Czech Republic but time wasn't enough to visit everything. 
Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape was added to the WHS list 20 years ago!! 

 Between the 17th and 20th centuries, the ruling dukes of Liechtenstein transformed their domains in southern Moravia into a striking landscape. It married Baroque architecture (mainly the work of Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach) and the classical and neo-Gothic style of the castles of Lednice and Valtice with countryside fashioned according to English romantic principles of landscape architecture. At 200 km2 , it is one of the largest artificial landscapes in Europe. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/763

Photo: Ivan Rillich
CZ-470657, sent by Stephanie. 
The Lednice palace is located in the extensive natural area on the bank of the river Dyje (Thaya), near Mikulov city in the eastern part of Czech Republic called Moravia.
The chateau began as a Renaissance villa of around 1570, and then was progressively changed and reconstructed to take account of Baroque, classical and neo-Gothic fashions. It was the 1850 Gothic Revival reconstruction that brought it into harmony with the prevailing romanticism of this part of the landscape. Taking the landscape as a whole, it is the mingling and interplay of Baroque and Romantic elements that gives it a special character: architecture and landscape are intimately associated with one another. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/763

© 2014, fotografie Ladislav Renner
Valtice is one of the most impressive Baroque residences of Central Europe. It was designed as the seat of the ruling princes of Liechtenstein by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach in the early 18th century. 
Among the features worthy of mention are the main façade and its central tower, the military trophies, the portico adorned with statues and the wonderful main courtyard. The restored interior lacks its original fittings, however a fine chapel decorated with trompe l'oeil frescoes remains. - in: http://travel.michelin.com/web/destination/Czech_republic/tourist_site-Valtice_Palace-Zamek

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