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Duchcov Castle in the Czech Republic, Teplice Spa

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Duchtsov Castle is a country residence that belonged to one of the branches of the Waldstein family. The castle is located in the town of Teplice, in the northern part of the country.

The Duchcov castle was built in the 13th century. Initially, the building was a fortification of the feudal lords of Grabishichi. In the 16th century, the castle was ruled by the Lobkowicz family, who turned the castle into a real Renaissance palace.

In the 17th century, the castle was inherited by the Waldstein family. The architect Jean Baptiste Matei was invited to reconstruct the building in the Baroque style, who not only built a new manor house, but also designed a hospital building, outbuildings and a regular park. In the 18th century, such prominent masters as V.L. Rainer and M.B. Brown.

Duchcov Castle first of all gained popularity due to the fact that in the 18th century Giovanni Giacomo Casanova lived here famous philosopher and writer. In our time, Casanova is also known as the great lover of the 18th century, against whose charm no woman could not resist. Being Italian by birth, Casanova could easily speak French, moreover, he also spoke Greek, German and Latin. Having traveled all over Europe, Casanova had friendly relations with many prominent artists, politicians and scientists. He also managed to visit the Russian Empire Moscow and St. Petersburg. Casanova described his travels in several works.

Not everyone knows that Casanova spent the last years of his life in the Duchtsov castle. The grave of the great conqueror of women's hearts is located near the Church of St. Barbara.

In 1785, having reached the age of 60, Casanova, having not acquired any property and tired of traveling, arrived at the invitation of Count Valdstein to the Duchtsov castle, where he worked as a librarian.

His most popular works the novel 'Icosameron', as well as the memoirs 'The Story of My Life', Casanova   wrote in the castle Duchtsov.

Today, the main attraction of the castle is the chair in which Casanova is believed to have died. The furnishings of his bedroom and the wax figure at the writing desk are brought back at the same time. Also interesting is the exhibition of graphics XVII 18th century, gallery of portraits of the Waldstein family, as well as rare paintings from the collection of the Prague National Gallery.  


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