Valtice is a small town in Bøeclav District, South Moravian Region in the Czech Republic, situated 265 kilometres (165 mi) south-east of Prague, on the Austrian border. It had a population of 3,671 in 2005.
Valtice 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 kilometres long lime-tree avenue, Valtice forms the World Heritage Site Lednice–Valtice Cultural Landscape.
The princely family lost all its privileges with the collapse of their protectors the Habsburg Empire and by the then newly established state of Czechoslovakia in 1918, the predecessor of the Czech Republic; and the castle was confiscated after World War II.
Valtice Chateau,originally a medieval castle, was founded perhaps in the 12th century by the bishops of Passau or by the Austrian Seefelds (Valtice belonged to the Lower Austria until1920). From 1387 until 1945 it remained in the hands of the Liechtenstein family. The castle was rebuilt several times, alterations in the Renaissance stylewere made in the 2nd half of the 16th century. Damaged by the Swedes in the years 1645 - 1646, it had to undergo the long-term Baroque reconstruction. The original Renaissance part of the former castle was converted into a two-storey entrance façade, in places of other buildings three wings of the chateau complex were constructed and a garden was established. At the same time the area between the castle and the town was turned into the court of honor (farm buildings, a theater, a riding hall, etc.). Prestigious architects were involved with the construction of the chateau - F. Carratti, G.G. Tencalla, A. and J.K. Ernas, D. Martinelli, A. Beduzzi, A.Ospel as well as a sculptor F. Biener and a plasterer Alberti. During the 18th century castle gardens and a park were remodelled, in the early 19th century extensive alterations of surrounding landscape were made for John I Lichtenstein. In 1945 the Czechoslovak state took over the care and maintenance of the property.
In 1996, he entered business on the global list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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jurek1951 (42196) 2014-03-02 8:38
pieknie malowany sufit,ostra kolorystyka,warto niekiedy skierowac obiektyw do gory,pozdrawiam
adramad (47668) 2014-03-02 8:41
A wonder how well you've captured these beautiful paintings on the ceiling of the palace, the baroque moldings that frame, they are also a beauty, also on the walls they can appreciate the many pictures on the decoration.
Sensational good colorful, like the sharpness and brightness, giving us such a clear picture.
Well done. I like.
Good Sunday afternoon.
batalay (39547) 2014-03-02 8:52
Hello Krzysztof Dera,
The composition and light management reveal the beauty of the fresco in this Baroque palace. Your note is extremely informative and appreciated.
Warm regards, and enjoy what is left of Sunday.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-03-02 9:05
What a beautiful painting on the ceiling. Magnificent and sublime artwork. Equally well captured by your lens. Great management of light and colour in difficult conditions. Fantastic image. I like it a lot. Thanks for sharing.
jemaflor (100129) 2014-03-02 9:26
Beautiful decoration with a good presentation with shot on this ceiling, nice golden brightness, perfect to see all these details.
boa (7543) 2014-03-02 13:51
Amazing artwork, both in the ceiling and walls. It must been an interesting visit here! A sharp and clear capture with natural light and good sharpness, well done!
Have a nice evening/
Graal (103036) 2014-03-03 5:10
dobry tytul, barokowe detale sa tu piekne. Bardzo ladne wnetrze. Dobry strzal i koncowy rezultat mimo malej ilosci swiatla.
Fajnego tygodnia zycze.
Corry (4508) 2014-03-03 5:53
Ce plafond est superbement décoré avec ses dorures et sa peinture. La vue permet d'en apprécier les détails. Bien fait.
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-03-04 1:20
Striking composition with superb clarity and details. Beautiful presentation with superb control of the exposure. Beautiful presentation of the Baroque decor. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.
COSTANTINO (67338) 2014-03-05 13:33
worthseeing and perfectly decorated interior
you have captured perfectly all those
paintings and decorations
great management of lights and shadows
- Copyright: Krzysztof Dera (Fis2) (102352)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-04
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Hoya HMC SUPER UV M77
- Exposure: f/3.5, 2 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-02 8:23