Hluboká Castle

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The castle in Hluboká nad Vltavou

Hluboká Castle (German: Schloss Frauenberg) is a historic château situated in Hluboká nad Vltavou,[1] and it is considered one of the most beautiful castles in the Czech Republic.

History[edit]

The castle seen from outside the front door
Aerial view of Hluboká Castle

In the second half of the 13th century, a Gothic castle was built at the site. During its history, the castle was rebuilt several times. It was first expanded during the Renaissance period, then rebuilt into a Baroque castle at the order of Adam Franz von Schwarzenberg in the beginning of the 18th century. It reached its current appearance during the 19th century, when Johann Adolf II von Schwarzenberg ordered the reconstruction of the castle in the romantic style of England's Windsor Castle.

The Schwarzenbergs lived in Hluboká until the end of 1939, when the last owner (Adolph Schwarzenberg) emigrated overseas to escape from the Nazis. The Schwarzenbergs lost all of their Czech property through a special legislative Act, the Lex Schwarzenberg, in 1947.[2]

Hluboká Castle is a National Cultural Monument of the Czech Republic.[1]

Additional information[edit]

The original royal castle of Přemysl Otakar II from the second half of the 13th century was rebuilt at the end of the 16th century by the Lords of Hradec.[citation needed] It received its present appearance under Count Jan Adam of Schwarzenberg.[citation needed] According to the English Windsor example, architects Franz Beer and F. Deworetzky built a Romantic Neo-Gothic chateau, surrounded by a 1.9-square-kilometre (0.73 sq mi) English park here in the years 1841 to 1871.[citation needed] In 1940, the castle was seized from the last owner, Adolph Schwarzenberg by the Gestapo and confiscated by the government of Czechoslovakia after the end of World War II.[citation needed] The castle is opened to public.[citation needed] There is a winter garden and riding-hall where the Southern Bohemian gallery exhibitions have been housed since 1956.[citation needed]

The castle has been used in a scene of the movie Shanghai Knights.[citation needed] The castle has also been used as a location for the Eastern Coven in the movie Underworld: Blood Wars.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Státní zámek Hluboká". Státní zámek Hluboká. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Státní zámek Hluboká. History

External links[edit]

Media related to Hluboká Castle at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 49°03′05″N 14°26′28″E / 49.05139°N 14.44111°E / 49.05139; 14.44111