Moravský Krumlov Chateau

Moravský Krumlov Chateau

Address Zámecká 1, 672 01, Moravský Krumlov

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The first mentions of the chateau in this place are from the 13th century. In the second half of the 14th century, the lords of Kravaře acquired the estate and rebuilt it into a luxurious residence. In the 30s of the 15th century, the property passed to the family of the lords of Lipá, in whose possession it was until the Bílá Hora confiscation. The initiator of the reconstruction of the castle into a Renaissance castle was Pertold from Lipá. The main construction works took place in the years 1557–1562 according to the design of the Italian builder Leonardo Garo da Bissono. A four-sided Renaissance building with two courtyards in the middle was built, which partly used the Gothic construction of the castle. The large southern courtyard was surrounded on three sides by two-story arcades, and the remarkable staircase courtyard in the north is also equipped with arcaded walkways. In 1624, the Krumlov estate was acquired by the Valtice branch of the family of lords from Liechtenstein. And it was at the instigation of Karl Borromäus of Liechtenstein that the last major alterations to the castle were carried out in the 1880s and 1890s. His wife, Maria Eleonore of Oettingen-Spielberg – lady-in-waiting to Maria Theresa – also initiated the planting of the chateau park. In 1908, the manor together with the castle was acquired by the Kinský family, who owned it until confiscation in 1945. After the destruction of the castle by the people's army and socialist enterprises, the building was acquired by the company Zámek in 1989, and in 2004 it was bought by Incheba Praha. In 2016, the castle became the property of the city of Moravský Krumlov, which is gradually renovating it and making it available to visitors.

The Slav Epic (Slovanská Epopej) by Alfons Mucha was first exhibited at the Moravský Krumlov Chateau in 1963. It was open to visitors until 2011, when it was taken away due to unfavourable conditions. It returned ten years later after the renovation and modification of the interiors – now there is a constant temperature and humidity and the premises are better lit and secured.

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