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Hello and welcome to the official web-sites of the Buchlovice castle!

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Buchlovice Castle is situated about 10 km to the west of Uherské Hradiště and not far from the majestic mediæval Buchlov Castle. Its refined architectural style of Italian baroque villa along with numerous collections of artworks and period furniture, a three-century-long history soaked with intriguing fates of its distinguished owners, and the important role it played during the last years of the Habsburg monarchy all make it one of the most prominent noble seats whose significance has overreached borders of the Czech territory.Buchlovice Construction of the château was initiated a short time before year 1700 by Jan Dětřich Petřvaldský. A legend says that the rich count from the old Moravian House of Petřvald intended to present his wife Anežka Eleonora from the noble Venetian Colonna family with a gallant gift embodied in the château itself. It may have been for this reason why Italy-oriented plans in the style of villa rustica were ordered at the most prominent architects in Vienna of that time. What came as a result of this several-times-altered architectural concept was the purest example of an Italian Baroque villa, unique of its kind in the whole Central Europe. As soon as the cornerstone was laid, construction of a magnificent winter garden whose beauty has captivated all the visitors ever since, commenced in the adjacent premises. In the course of time, the villa, figuring as a counterpart to the residential Buchlov Castle, became the chief seat of the Petřvald and later also of the Berchtold family. It was just the owners from the latter House who began to gather some truly rare collections which could be admired till today.

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The significance of the château rose steeply around the year 1900 during the ownership of the count Leopold II Berchtold. This elegant and courteous lord was active in the diplomatic service of Austria-Hungary as an ambassador in London, Paris and Sankt Petersburg. On 16th September 1908 the château saw a secret meeting of the foreign ministers of Tsarist Russia and Austria-Hungary which took place under the auspices of its master. This meeting subsequently led to a division of the spheres of political influence in the Balkans and the following annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina carried out by the Austrian-Hungarian army. Due to his skills, Leopold II was appointed the penultimate Austrian-Hungarian foreign minister in 1912. This event consequently required the last alteration of the château into a representative seat, inside the walls of which the foremost politicians of that time were deciding the fate of Europe. It is just this period where the current appearance of the château including its luxuriously furnished interiors comes from. The pseudo-Baroque garden and the large park laid out in the favourite English style are also of an exceptional importance. In the surroundings of the château, there is a number of historical sites and places which are undoubtedly worth visiting as well – the mædieval Buchlov Castle, the time-honoured place of pilgrimage Velehrad, a unique Baroque cemetery in Střílky, the Baroque Château Milotice, or the well-known archæological excavation site in Staré Město near Uherské Hradiště.

 

 

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