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If you love European history, then you will also love to know how the aristocrats used to live. Apparently, there is no place that has been as exceptionally well-preserved as the Gardens and Castle at Kromeriz, Czech Republic. This princely residence was built in the 17th and 18th century and is a complete ensemble coming with its own pleasure baroque garden and palace as was characteristic of Central European royal residences.

Gardens and Castle at Kroměříž

If you love European history, then you will also love to know how the aristocrats used to live. Apparently, there is no place that has been as exceptionally well-preserved as the Gardens and Castle at Kromeriz, Czech Republic. This princely residence was built in the 17th and 18th century and is a complete ensemble coming with its own pleasure baroque garden and palace as was characteristic of Central European royal residences.

Below is a brief synthesis of how the Gardens and Castle at Kromeriz came to be:

  • Mid-13th Century – A Gothic fort is erected at Kromeriz leading to subsequent prosperity of the town
  • 1497 – Stanislav Thurzo becomes the Bishop of Olomouc and sets to modernize the castle at Kromeriz. During his work, he also establishes a garden comprising of an orchard, flower garden and kitchen garden
  • 1643 – During the Thirty Years of War Swedish army sacked the town and grievously ruined the castle. Two years later, the plague broke out further sending the town of Kromeriz in decline
  • 1664 – Count Karel Liechtenstein becomes the new bishop of Olomouc and the town fortunes begin to change. He undertook a lot of projects that brought the castle to its former glory. He contracted an imperial civil engineer and architect Filiberto Lucchese to work on the garden and when he died, Giovanni Pietro Tencalla continued with the work until 1675.
  • 1752 – The castle is destroyed by fire but Bishop Leopold Bedrich oversaw its restoration
  • 18th Century – Archbishop Colloredo Waldsee is credited to have been the one who restyled the Garden but preserved the Baroque layout. The work continued well into the 19th century and arcades, bridges, and farmsteads were added.

The castle comprises of Conference Hall, Throne Room, Feudal Hall, Chapel Library and a small Baroque terrace garden in front. The Pleasure Garden is however where you will really get to enjoy the creativity that went into this park. It features impressive colonnade, it is designed Italian Style and is entered via an arcaded gallery that has many busts and statues. It is located on the southwestern part of the historic center of Kromeriz. You can carry as many memory cards for your camera as you want, but I can guarantee you that you will not exhaust the sights to catch here.

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