CZ: Jaromerice nad Rokytnou – A Versailles in Moravia
Famous Versailles in France was example for many other residencies of nobility. The chateau in Jaromerice, dubbed Moravian Versailles, was, aparently, also built with French Versailles in mind. It is no false advertising to bring more tourists to this gem of the Baroque era. Jan Adam of Questenberk really wished to build his own Versailles in Jaromerice. This town was supposed to become cultural center in the region as well as home to culture and muses. Plans were grandiose yet lack of funding allowed only partial fulfilment of Jan Adam's dream. Even though, the chateau really became center of culture and it has remained venue of many important culture events ever since.
Jan Adam of Questenberk was born in Vienna in 1678. In the age of eight he inherited his father's dominion. Once he finished his studies, in the manner typical for the then Baroque noblemen he traveled to the foreing lands, a gentleman's journey. Today we would call it differently. Simply put it was a time when young noblemen were supposed to gain some experience. They learned how other courts function, they studied at foreign universities, and did some networking. Such a stay would last couple of years. During this time, Jan Adam also lived in Paris and he also visited the court of Louis XIV. It amazed him. He decided to rebuilt Jaromerice, the country residence of his choice, in this manner.
The Baroque reconstruction started earlier. However, Jan Adam sought to find the best artists of his time. For instance, Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt is the author of the church of St Margare. Yet researchers are not agreeing one with each other of the authorship. Some consider Jakob Prandtauer to be the author while Hildebrand was only an advisor. Some say Prandtauer only took over Hildebrandt's plan. In any case, this structure is very similar to Hildebrand't most famous work on Bohemian territory which is the church in Jablonne v Podjestedi. Church of St Margaret is a tour on its own. I highly recommend it if you find yourselves in Jaromerice. The Baroque-style section of the church is magnificent. The same applies to amazing decoration.
Jan Adam also loved theater and music. It was said that he was so addicted to Neapolitan opera that he began learning to play lute. Painter Jan Kupecky was painted holding a lute. Jaromerice of Jan Adam's time became alive with culture. There was také milovníkem divadla a hudby. Sám prý propadl neapolské opeře natolik, že se začal učit hrát na loutnu. Ostatně právě s loutnou ho zobrazil malíř Jan Kupecký. Jaroměřice za jeho éry ožily kulturou. Byla zde galerie, velká knihovna, divadlo a zámek měl i vlastní kapelu, jejímž kapelníkem by allgal skladatel František Antonín Míča. Hudbou Jaroměřice žijí i dnes, kdy zde každé léto probíhá Mezinárodní hudební festival Petra Dvorského a koncert v prostředí zámecké zahrady či v chrámu svaté Markéty je velkým zážitkem.
If you travel here some other time, there are several tours available. One of them changes slightly each year. It is focused on everyday life of the then nobility. This year it looks closer at hunting the game. Also, walk in chateau's garden or visit amazing candy shop at the chateau. It is a training ground for people with mental and/or physical disability. Here they learn how to have a job. Moreover, cakes here are simply amazing, be sure to try Excelsior. It is nothing but phenomennal.
GPS: 49°05'36.7"N 15°53'31.5"E
About Jihlava we could hear in the news perhaps every day. It is quite obvious - Jihlava is the main city of region and it is no wonder that in a place that literally divides Bohemia and Moravia, and here and there a major ruckus. To be completely clear, where the border actually leads, Maria Theresa left in Jihlava "build" four boundary stones.
You will pass Velká Bíteš on the edge of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands on every trip along the D1 in the direction from Prague, just before Brno. We recommend that you stop here for once and discover the unique fortified church and the local city monument zone.
There are many places in Slavonice where you can make your own mug, ie not actually make it, but decorate it. This is due to the fact that the famous village of Maříž, which is famous for the production of special author's ceramics, is located nearby. But it is not so long when no one knew this forgotten corner of the earth and no one was allowed to come here for 30 years.
Many people do not plan a holiday abroad this year, so we offer a tip for a beautiful summer holiday in southern Bohemia. Our destination was Slavonice, but along the way you can visit a few other places.
Do you long to hide from the world and the mountains are too crowded for you? Near the D1 motorway in the Vysočina region you will find two inconspicuous villages. The town of Polná with a rich history and the remote village of Nadějov.
If you decide to go to Vysočina, we recommend visiting the town of Telč. Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Czech cities. Today we go there together by bike, about 43 km await us and we will move between forests, small areas of borders, draws or countless ponds. But we will not only go along the plain, we also have a few hills.
Not far from Znojmo (right on the Czech-Austrian border) we find our smallest national park. Unique nature has been preserved in the Dyje canyon. Let's go to the park at a time when nature is slowly falling asleep and when the first wine cellars are opening their first young wines.
The season when castles and chateaux are open is getting to a close. However, there are still several weekends left to go there. In case you didn't enjoy history throughout the summer you should make another historic trip. Above Namest nad Oslavou Town, there is a chateau of four wings. You can enjoy the vista over the chateau from a stone, Baroque-bridge crossing the Oslava river. And from the chateau garden you can have a splendid vista over the town. A guided tour is one way how to get to the garden. No wonder than that President Benes made his summer residence of this chateau.
The Jewish quarter and St Procopius' basilica are the last Czech sight which made it to the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. The sights were added in 2003 but have existed in Trebic much longer time. Today, we show you what you might be missing if you haven't been to Trebic yet.
In the last part, we mentioned the painting of mugs and Maříž, so let's take a look there.
Zacharias‘ of Hradec square in Telc is a gallery of Renaissance architecture with bits of Baroque. Dubbed Moravian Venice, Telc is surrounded by ponds which reached to the town walls. This made the town an unconquerable water fortress. Its historic core has basically preserved its Renaissance looks. This architectonic coherence helped it to be listed to UNESCO’s cultural heritage program in 1992.
There is beautiful historical town of Znojmo near the border with Austria on the south of Moravia. It became famous for its wine and cucumbers. Only few know that you can find here, for instance, the relic of St Bonifac, many Middle-Ages landmarks, and that popular TEDx conferences take place there. Let's see Znojmo throughour article and the lense of our videocamera.
When I have learned recently that Lonely Planet declared Brno the least interesting city in the Czech Republic I couldn’t understand. Then I realized that it was good they said it after all. Had crowds of tourists been going there every day as they go to Prague it would soon loose its magic. Brno is a city of universities, fun, culture and many small, lovely places. The turning clock in the shape of a male genitalia from which a small glass ball falls out every hour. Smoking road signs are really to be found only here… New York Times was much more smarter. They put Brno on the list of 52 places where to go in 2016!
As was told in the first part, now you know why to go to Brno. You know where to start your exploration of the historical district and where to have lunch. What is next? We are going to spend some moments on Svoboda square. There is a mysterious astronomical clock. We cant avoit a visit to Spilberk castle, Villa Tugendhat (under UNESCO) and a functionalist borough around it. Of course, we are going to have a taste of the night life, great beer or wine, and we are going to see some glimpses of local students ’life. So let’s get started!
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