Konopiště Travel Blog

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Our first stop (except stops on petrol station) was Konopiště castle near city Benešov.

The Konopiste castle was founded as a gothic fortress after french castles in the end of the 13th century probably by Tobias of Benesov. The first touch to a medieval structure of the castle was made in the 15th century by Jiri (George) of Sternberk and than in the 17th century by Hodejovsky family.

To a baroque residence it was made in 18th century by Vrtbas. The archduke Fratisek (Francis) Ferdinand d'Este, who bought it in 1887 from Lobkowitzs, rebuild the castle to magnificent seat of successor.

The Chambers were decorated with the collections inherited from the Modena's archdukes of d'Este. In the area of baroque garden The Rose garden with hot house was made.

Konopiště keeps extraordinarily rich collections of artistic as well as arts and crafts articles covering the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and also modern periods, all of them being of the widest variety. A dimension of these collections puts Konopiště among the most interesting manors of Central Europe. The archduke had the famous d'Este Armory moved to Konopiště from his modern inheritance; this armory belongs among the most interesting in Europe. The collection of the church antiquities, relating to the cult of St. George, the patron of knights, is also unique. The representative halls on the first floor belong, as do the interiors, among the best. The Reception Hall and Pillared Hall, for example, both contain extraordinarily valuable Italian cabinets from the 17th century, the Big Dining Room with a ceiling painting by F. J. Lux from the middle of the 18th century, and the manor chapel with beautifully decorated vaults. Of the residential rooms it is possible to point out, for instance, the Vrtba and Tirpitz Halls, Rose Room and Vilém Bedroom. The manor passages are decorated with sundry hunting trophies.

Like everywhere in Czech museums in monday is closed and in other days we can go there from 9:00 to 17:00
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photo by: drobec