Moravia and Silesia 3
Slavkov u Brna
Route Three (120 km, journey time approx. 2 h 25 min)
Slavkov u Brna
Baroque Sites A perfect example of a Baroque aristocratic mansion designed from the beginning as part of a beautiful garden arranged into attractive terraces in harmony with the terrain. Domenico Martinelli designed the chateau as a large Italian villa, surrounded by an architecturally arranged natural environment. The remarkable interiors are augmented by rich stucco decorations. The garden begins at the highest terrace which is directly linked to the chateau and its neat symmetry is defined by ponds with fountains and sculptures. Choice of experiences on offer Guided tours of the chateau. The basic tour will allow you to view the typical living quarters of the chateau. Due to the capacity of the tour, reservations are necessary for groups of over 25 persons. The wonderful Italian Baroque park is open to the public, but you can also enjoy a guided tour, if you book it in advance.
Baroque Sites Baroque cemetery. A unique historic landmark of the first half of the 18th century. The cemetery is, without exaggeration, a work of art, due to its remarkable layout and architecture as well as the beautiful sculptures. As a whole it is unique and is considered an exceptional European Baroque monument. Choice of experiences on offer Tour of the cemetery. From May 1, to September 30, the Střílky cemetery is open to the public. The guides reveal the history and symbolism of the Baroque statues located at the cemetery. Tourist bus groups must be booked in advance.
Baroque Sites Kroměříž Chateau and gardens are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The stately two-storey building of the chateau with bastion-like clasping buttresses and an 84 metre high tower dominates the town. The sumptuous rooms still rank among the most high-quality chateau interiors in Central Europe – the Hunting, Assembly and Throne Hall, and the Pink Salon and Tsar’s Room are the most magnificent among them. Adjacent to the Chateau is the Lower Chateau Garden, in which a Baroque part is preserved, but it is mainly made up of a spectacular English landscape garden. Flower Garden. The investor and the spiritual father of the Kroměříž reconstruction, Bishop of Olomouc Karl II von Liechtenstein, decided to turn the inhospitable swamp beyond the town borders into a wonderful place of idyllic relaxation, an amazing Pleasure Garden. The result was a supreme work of 17th century European garden art, which is even compared to the garden at Versailles. Stunning, perfectly symmetrical, richly decorated with statues and fountains, with tall hedges and a staggering 244 metre long colonnade, the garden is the only surviving representative of its type in Europe. Episcopal Mint. The mint was built in 1665 and is the only one surviving in Moravia. It houses a collection of more than ten thousand coins and medals. The gold and silver coins of the Kroměříž Mint were considered a symbol of wealth and their fame surpassed even that of Imperial coins. Archbishop’s cellars. Wine cellars are a part of the Chateau premises. At a depth of six and a half metres, covering over a thousand square meters, with historical barrels, the oldest from 1805 and the largest able to hold 19,100 litres of wine. Choice of experiences on offer Guided tours of the Chateau and gardens. At the Chateau, you can choose from several guided tours of the historical halls, gallery, sala terrena, Chateau tower, mint or the Archbishop’s wine cellars. In the cellars, the tour includes tasting of sacramental wine. In the mint, you can make your own faithful copy of a 15 kreuzer coin of Bishop Lichtenstein. Chateau Gallery. Even if Prince Karl had bought nothing more than Tizian’s late work of Apollo and Marsyas, it would still ensure him of immortality in Kroměříž. However, his collection was far more extensive, even today we can become excited by paintings by Bruegel, Cranach, van Dyck and Veronese. This collection of paintings is the second most significant in the country. Hortus Magicus. A festival of Baroque culture held in early September in the Flower Garden.
Baroque Sites The Chateau in Slavkov is the largest Baroque building in Moravia. The inventive Baroque reconstruction of the chateau is the work of the Italian Domenico Martinelli, who did not stop at the chateau, but rebuilt a considerable part of the town. His work was continued by Ignatius Valmaggini. The chateau has 115 rooms and an impressive French style garden, with several pools and sculptural decoration by Giovanni Giuliani. The most interesting area of the chateau is the central oval social hall. The battlefield at Austerlitz (Slavkov). Here, at the so-called Battle of the Three Emperors on December 2, 1805 Napoleon’s Army routed the troops led by the Russian Tsar Alexander I and Emperor Francis II. Choice of experiences on offer Unconventional tours of the chateau. You can tour the delightful interiors, Lords of Kounice Gallery, Hall of Ancestors, Historical Hall and the Chateau Chapel of the Holy Cross, and to please your children, you can be accompanied by guides in costume – e.g. by fairytale or film characters, or even Napoleon. They also organize Ancient Tours, Spine-chilling Tours after dark, and tours of the underground guided by vampires. Austerlitz Battlefield. The chateau offers unique educational tours of the site of the famous Battle of the Three Emperors at Austerlitz. Napoleonic games. The battle reconstruction and other programmes with soldiers in period uniforms is enhanced in August with a garden party in the chateau park with thousands of candles, a costume ball and water screen projections.
Baroque Sites The ossuary beneath the Church of St. Jacob in the centre of Brno is the second largest in Europe – after the Paris catacombs. It is truly overwhelming – the walls are embellished with bones, skeletons in robes stand in portals of skulls, skulls create stairs, columns… A little further, under the Church of the Finding of the True Cross, a few steps from the Green Market (with a wonderful Baroque Parnas Fountain) there is another crypt, this time of the Capuchins. Here you will find an unusually high number of preserved Baroque coffins and mummies of the buried monks. Choice of experiences on offer Tour of the ossuary. The half-hour tour of the ossuary that was discovered only at the beginning of this Millennium is a powerful experience. The number of bodies is estimated at more than 50,000. The anthropological analyses carried out so far show that the persons buried here were victims of plague, cholera and conflicts from the time of the Thirty Years’ War and the Swedish siege. Baroque in Brno: Leave the Dark Age behind you. A thematic guided tour of Brno’s Baroque sites visiting Capuchin Square – Zelný trh Square – Old Town Hall – Dominican Square – New Town Hall – Kobližná Street – Church of Sts. Johns – Jesuit Church. Špilberk International Music Festival. In August, an outdoor international music festival takes place in the courtyard of Špilberk Castle.
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