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Vrchlabí chateau

Vrchlabí chateau
Zámek 1 Zámek 2 Zámek 3
Zámek 1, 543 01 Vrchlabí
Phone: +420 499 405 311
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The palace is one of the town’s landmarks. The building works were launched in 1546 by Krystof Gendorf of Gendorf. It was one of the first palaces in Bohemia built in the Renaissance style. The architect’s name remains unknown. The design was based on the plan of a small Italian stronghold or fort, with an entrance hall instead of a yard. The building works were probably completed by an Italian architect, Carol Valmadi. There used to be a 12m wide moat which surrounded the palace that could be crossed via three bridges. Today visitors can freely enter the entrance hall where, besides inlaid doors, oil paintings of the last bears killed in the Krkonose (1665, 1693, 1701 and 1726) can be seen. The most valuable monument in the palace, and the last piece of the original furnishings, is the Renaissance faience stove in the former Knights’ Hall on the 2nd floor, now a large conference hall, one of the first examples of the use of maiolica in Bohemia. The stove tiles with Biblical motifs bear the year 1545. The palace is now used by the municipal council.

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