Thursday, May 26, 2016

Nové Město nad Metují Castle - Czech Republic

Emerich is one of the 10.000 inhabitants in Nové Město nad Metují, a town in the Hradec Králové Region, north of the Czech Republic, a few miles from the Polish border. 
All of these cards of the castle were sent by him. 

 The castle of Nové Město nad Metují is a part the town historical preserve and is located in the west corner of the square. It was built together with the town itself, originally as a gothic style fort. Historical recourses say that the foundation stone of the town and the castle was laid on the 10th of August 1501 at 2 p.m., by Jan Černčický of Kácov, the owner of the estate.
After the town fire in 1526, Jan Černčicky sold the estate to the Pernstejns, who were important and wealthy noble family of the time. Following the then modern Renaissance concepts, they began with renovations of their new residence and the town itself. The estate was then sold to Protestant noble family from Styria – the Stubenberks. They completed the renaissance renovations of the town and the castle became a Renaissance chateau.  After the Estates Rebellion of 1620, in which the Stubenberks took the part of the anti-imperialist side, the Nové Město estate was confiscated by the emperor Ferdinand II. 

Foto: Ivan Rillich
The property and possesions were consequently given away by the Emperor as a reward for the assassination of the nobles. A Scottish noble, Walter of Leslie, a chief constable of Cheb at the time, later promoted to a field-marshal and a count of the empire, obtained the Nove Město estate. Under the reign of the House of Leslie, the Chateau received its most extensive renovations. The Baroque style structural changes and additions accomplished during this time remain to this day.

Foto: Lubomír Imlauf
After purchasing the Nové Město Estate in 1908, the Bartons embarked on an extensive renovation of the Chateau. The entire project was placed in the hands of unique Czechoslovak architects - Dusan Jurkovic and Pavel Janak. The chateau turned into a modern residence decorated by renowned Czech craftsmen, designers and artists of the early 20th century. While incorporating the modern styles such as Art-Noveau, Art-Deco, Cubism and Functionalism, their prime objective was the preservation and restoration of all historical elements of the entire structure. On top of that, the castle was equipped with many technical conveniences, i.e. water piping, central heating, electricity, telephones and a home and a dumbwaiter elevators. Thanks to all this the Nove Mesto Castle is a prime example of an unique historical monument adaptation. The Bartons owned the place until 1948. It was then put under state control and managed by the Czech state until 1991.
In 1992, Josef Marian Bartoň-Dobenín, restituted not only the castle but also the estates that used to belong to the family before 1948. In 2013, his son Joseph Michael Barton Dobenin, took over the family property and is the current owner of the castle as well as holding other posts in family business.
Since 1992, the castle is the property of the Bartoň-Dobenín family once again and is open to the public for tours and events. - in:

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