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Kroměříž is also known as the ‘Athens of Haná’ for its wealth, which was flourishing as far back as the 12th century when this town became the property of the Bishops of Olomouc. The Archbishop’s Chateau and beautiful chateau gardens have been listed as UNESCO monuments due to their preserved nature and original form. The interiors of the chateau are richly decorated with a lot of period furniture and fittings.

Kroměříž - Chateau Garden Kroměříž - Flower GardenArchbishop’s Chateau
It is worth noticing the Throne, Parliamentary and Feudal Hall, the Hunting Hall, Emperor’s Room, the Old Library and the Summer Residence. The picture gallery holds works by leading European painters of the 15th to 18th century (Tizian, Lucas Cranach the elder, Hans von Aachen, Paolo Veronese or Jan Breughel the elder). The chateau garden was originally only used for growing vegetables and flowers. However, it was transformed into a Baroque garden over the course of the 17th century and subsequently transformed in the 19th century into a landscaped park with an area of 64ha. The fountains here – Lions and Tritons – are worth seeing.
 
Points of Interest
The chateau in Kroměříž hides several unique things. For example, the largest collection of medals and coins in the world after the Vatican is to be found here. These were minted in the local mint. The graphic designer and painter Max Švabinský also comes from Kroměříž. His mosaic lunettes depicting famous personalities from Czech history were originally supposed to be part of the decoration for the National Theatre in Prague, but we can nowadays find them in the former Franciscan monastery, depicting famous personalities from Czech history.
 
Entry into the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List: 1998
 
 

 

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Kroměříž: Archbishop’s chateau and gardens: Location

GPS latitude/longitude: 49.29512 , 17.39341

 

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