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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papagolf21 (82974) 2014-01-26 1:38
Bonjour, Krzysztof ,
Je me régale devant ces boiseries rehaussées d'or, cette cheminée de marbre, ce style où la richesse s'expose et s'admire.
Très belle mise en image.
snunney (78789) 2014-01-26 2:07
This wood-panelled room is really quite exquisite and you have captured very well, though I am not quite sure what is going on round the window; part of it seems displaced. I like the warm tones of the woodwork and excellent detail. Have a good Sunday.
mirosu (12284) 2014-01-26 2:58
Another excellent interior photo with wonderful details. You have captured it from superb viewpoint. Excellent composition.
Subhogen (4063) 2014-01-26 5:05
Hello Krzysztof ,
Superb view of opulent interiors. I like the contrast between the golden designer framework and the wooden panels. The beautiful mirror is reflecting the window on the other side nicely. Very good image quality.
Thanks for sharing.
fabbs99 (15675) 2014-01-26 19:34
Hope you are fine,but not always getting comments by you on my images.Great indoor shot of the impressive Baroque residence from Valtice.Nice image, sharp with good details, well saturated colors and nice composition. Well done. TFS.
abmdsudi (38822) 2014-01-27 5:53
Another elegant interior architecture for the royalty, apart from the atmosphere, colors and ambience, this is incredible. There is much more details in this shot and an excellent perspective too with the feeling of height and depth. Pin sharp throughout in superb clarity and the soaring beauty captured perfectly. The reflecting mirror add another dimension. Glorious capture. Congrats
- Copyright: Krzysztof Dera (Fis2) (81512)
- 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/4
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-26 1:32