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Blatná Castle

The castle is undoubtedly the town's greatest attraction. It is build on a rock surrounded by a moat (i. e. artificial water trench), which looks rather like a lake. The castle is narrow U-shaped, with a tower in front to which the palaces from various periods attach. It opens to a large landscape garden. Most of the castle has been recently reconstructed and it is open for public in the tourist season (April - October).
Romanesque Chapel - the oldest part of the castle dating back to the 13th century, it's preserved only as a part of the wall with two arches in the western part of the courtyard.
Tower - the tower dominates the castle and it's the main entrance to it from the East. Its square shape with an overlapping half-timbered top part became the symbol of the town. At the beginning of the 16th century the famous Green Chamber (Zelená světnice) was created on the first floor. The walls of this room are covered in murals depicting various religious and secular motives. The prevailing color of the paintings gave the room its name. All around the room are also coats of arms of major Czech houses dominated by a large one of the house of the masters on the castle at those times, the Lords of Lvové of Rožmitál.
Rožmitálský Palace - built at the same time as the tower, it connects to it from SW. On the first floor is the castle Chapel of Blessed Virgin Mary, whose Gothic presbytary protrudes from the body of the palace on the south side.
Old Palace - from around the half of the 15th century is erected over the former Romanesque chapel. It's built in a late Gothic style, but its large windows already mark the coming of the Renaissance style. Originally, it stood separately to the north from the previous two parts.
Rejt's Palace - is a unique combination of a late Gothic and the upcoming Renaissance style. It was built during the rule of Zdeněk Lev of Rožmitál, an important diplomat at the court of the Czech king Vladislav Jagellonský. It has large windows, richly decorated façade and a structured roof with wooden-tile ceilings.
Rozdražovský (or Serényi) Palace - built first in the Renaissance style and rebuilt later in the Baroque style, it closed the body of the castle by connecting the Old Palace (through a lower utility building) with the rest of the castle buildings.

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Additional Photos by Csaba Witz (csabagaba) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 591 W: 167 N: 1408] (6636)
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