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Castle Hluboka nad Vltavou

Castle Hluboka nad Vltavou

Hluboká nad Vltavou
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Phone: +420 387 843 911
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There used to be an early gothic castle from the second half of the 13th century in the place of the present chateau which was significantly extended in the late 15th century by Vilém of Pernštejn. In 1562 king Ferdinand I. sold Hluboká as a patrimony to the lords of Hradec who rebuilt the castle to a renaissance chateau. One century later the Hluboká manor was bought by Jan Adolf I. Schwarzenberg, a founder of line which was in the north Bohemia for almost three hundred years. At the request of Prince Adam František, Adolf's grandson, P. I. Bayer and his successor A. E. Martinelli rebuilt the chateau to a baroque style in the early 18th century.

In the second third of the 19th century Prince Jan Adolf II and his wife Eleonora decided to rebuild the chateau again, in a romantic style that time. The project was designed by architect Franz Beer who also ran the construction works, started in 1840, for twenty years. Old buildings were demolished and, instead of them, there was a beautiful chateau in the Tudor gothic style newly built. Beer's successor, Ferdinand Deworetzky, finished its complicated outer and inner decorations in 1871.

Hluboká is definitely one of the most beautiful chateaus in the Czech Republic. Walls and ceilings of the representative halls on the first floor of the chateau are faced with noble wood with eminently rich joiner and carver decorations. Princess Eleonora's bedroom and dressing-room, Hamilton's cabinet and reading-room are decorated with paintings by European artists of the 16th - 18th century and there are beautiful chandeliers, late renaissance brise-bises, Delft ware.

The most precious pieces of furniture are placed in the Morning room together with painted Chinese vases from the 18th century. The portraits on the walls of the Morning room, little dining-room, smoking room and reception halls represent the most important members of the Schwarzenberg family. There is a valuable set of tapestry made in Brussels in the first half of the 17th century exposed on the walls of the big dining-room. The biggest hall is a library with waffle floor which was moved to Hluboká from the Schwarzenberg family castle.

The armoury in Hluboká is generally excellent. The neo-gothic chapel has a dominating altar with a big late gothic ark. In 2001 the chateau kitchen was made accessible for visitors. Aleš's North Bohemian Gallery with exposition of gothic paintings and sculptures and Holland and Flemish paintings of the 17th and 18th century and with changing exhibitions in the main hall seat in the former chateau riding-hall.

Castle Hluboka nad Vltavou

GPS: 49°3'4.32"N; 14°26'28.61"E


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