Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Castle Schloss, Czech Republic

The moravian town of Valtice in the Czech Republic contains 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. Construction was supervised by Domenico Martinelli, who was employed as an on-site architect. The palace is surrounded by an English park with the Temple of Diana (1812) and other neoclassical structures. Together with the neighbouring manor of Lednice, to which it is connected by a 7 km-long lime-tree avenue, Valtice forms the World Heritage Site Lednice–Valtice Cultural Landscape.


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