Originally there had been a settlement with a Gothic castle built in the 13th century. In the 16th century this castle was rebuilt into a Renaissance chateau but it was damaged during the Thirty Years War. After the war reconstruction in the Baroque style took place and since 1777 the chateau has became the residence of Olomouc bishops.
Inwrought interiors are equipped with authentic furnishing. Famous is also the Assembly Hall reminding us that the Imperial parliament sat here from 1848–49. The chateau library contains about 100 000 manuscripts, drawings, paintings and a large music archive. Once coming to Kromeriz, you shouldn’t forget to visit the gallery in the 2nd floor of the chateau. It is the 2nd most important gallery in the Czech Republic after Prague. In 10 halls you can admire works by artists from around Europe (Tizian, Veronese, van Dyck, Cranach the elder).
Two gardens regarded as an exceptionally beautiful and well-preserved example of Baroque design belong to the chateau. Podzamecka garden established in the 16th century was transformed into an English Style Park in the 19th century. On the area covering 64 hectares you can find 3 ponds and romantic buildings such as Colloredo Colonnades, the Chinese pavilion and Max’s Court. The 2nd garden, called Kvetna, is much smaller, only about 16 hectares. It has also been a jewel among gardens. It was designed in the Renaissance style. Beautiful rotunda stands directly in the middle of the garden and it is surrounded by 244m long gallery of statues depicting Greek and Roman gods and mythical and historical figures.
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