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Hluboka nad Vltavou Castle is a true snow-white pearl of South Bohemia. The castle is located 140 kilometers from Prague.
The castle was founded by a nobleman Czech from Budejovice in the 13th century. The castle was built over the Vltava River on an 83-meter cliff, and originally had a Gothic style. The castle was originally called Frauenberg. Subsequently, the castle was rebuilt several times, thereby acquiring either Baroque or Renaissance features. Throughout its long history, the castle managed to change 26 owners.
In the 17th century, the Schwarzenberg family took over the castle. In the 19th century, the castle underwent a large-scale reconstruction in the neo-Gothic style. The reconstruction of the building was carried out in the image of the English castle (Windsor Castle). The architect of the project is the architect Frantisek Bera. The idea to create"Bohemian Windsor" belonged to Duchess Eleanor Schwarzenberg - at that time the owner of the castle. The Schwarzenberg family owned the castle until 1945.
Since 1947, the castle was nationalized and since then has been a state museum.
Into the complex The castle includes 140 rooms, two courtyards, 11 towers, stables and a glazed greenhouse. The walls of the castle, both outside and inside, are decorated with hunting trophies obtained during the hunt by its previous owners. One of the interesting collections of the museum is knightly armor that belonged to the Schwarzenberg family. Also in the castle, tourists are presented with collections of furniture of the 18th - 19th centuries, porcelain, historical weapons, glass, as well as Dutch painting of the 16th - 17th centuries. The interiors of the castle have been recreated in the style of the late English Renaissance period. The ceilings in the rooms, as well as picture frames and doors are decorated with wood carvings.
The castle is surrounded by an English park with a system of ponds and rare plant species. The total area of the park is 190 hectares.
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Topic: Hluboka nad Vltavou Castle in the Czech Republic.