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Litomyšl Castle

Litomyšl Castle is one of the best examples of Renaissance architecture in the Czech Republic. In the period 1568-1581 a Medieval castle was rebuilt into a Renaissance arcade-castle. The Renaissance Castle of Litomyšl is a type of building that first was developped in Italy and later adopted and developed in Central Europe during the 16th century. The arcades of Litomyšl Castle are one of the most typical features of the Renaissance style. The sgraffiti decoration of Litomyšl Castle is also typical for the Renaissance style. There also is a Renaissance chapel in the castle. Despite of later reconstructions at the end of the 18th century, the appearance of Litomyšl Castle remained almost intact. The rooms of Litomyšl Castle have Baroque and neo-Classical plasterworks, wall and ceiling paintings. In the court and in the park of Litomyšl Castle are preserved the ancillary buildings, like the stables, a garden pavillion and brewery, in this brewery the composer Bedřich Smetana was born in 1824. One of the highlights of Litomyšl Castle is a neoclassical theater. There are only five theaters of this kind in the world, one in Litomyšl Castle, one in Český Krumlov, one in Russia and two in Sweden. Litomyšl Castle gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1999.

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Litomyšl Castle - Litomyšl Castle: A Renaissance sgraffito decoration of a sundial on the south wall. The façades and walls of Litomyšl...

Litomyšl Castle: A Renaissance sgraffito decoration of a sundial on the south wall. The façades and walls of Litomyšl Castle are adorned with Renaissance sgraffito. In the sgraffito technique, the plasterers at first put a layer of plaster on the wall, another layer of contrasting plaster is put on top of the first layer, then artists engrave decorations in the top layer. Litomyšl Castle gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1999.

  1. Litomyšl Castle - Litomyšl Castle: A Renaissance sgraffito decoration of a sundial on the south wall. The façades and walls of Litomyšl...

    Litomyšl Castle: A Renaissance sgraffito decoration of a sundial on the south wall. The façades and walls of Litomyšl Castle are adorned with Renaissance sgraffito. In the sgraffito technique, the plasterers at first put a layer of plaster on the wall, another layer of contrasting plaster is put on top of the first layer, then artists engrave decorations in the top layer. Litomyšl Castle gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1999.

  2. Litomyšl Castle - Litomyšl Castle: In 1568-1581, the Medieval castle was rebuilt into a Renaissance castle. Despite of later reconstructions...

    Litomyšl Castle: In 1568-1581, the Medieval castle was rebuilt into a Renaissance castle. Despite of later reconstructions in the 18th century the appearance of the castle remained almost intact. The castle is one of the best examples of the Renaissance architecture in the Czech Republic. There also is a Renaissance chapel in the castle. Litomyšl Castle was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1999.

  3. Litomyšl Castle - Litomyšl Castle: The cellar of Litomyšl Castle contains the sculpture the 'Heart for Václav Havel', created of left...

    Litomyšl Castle: The cellar of Litomyšl Castle contains the sculpture the 'Heart for Václav Havel', created of left over pieces from candles people lit throughout the Czech Republic when Václav Havel passed away. Havel used a heart as a personal symbol, he used to draw a heart under his signature as a symbol for truth and love. Václav Havel was a Czech writer, a dissident, the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first of the Czech Republic.

  4. Litomyšl Castle - Litomyšl Castle: The façade of the second courtyard with Renaissance graffiti decoration. The Renaissance arcade-castle of...

    Litomyšl Castle: The façade of the second courtyard with Renaissance graffiti decoration. The Renaissance arcade-castle of Litomyšl is a type of building that first was developped in Italy and later adopted and developed in Central Europe during the 16th century. The arcades are one of the most typical features of the Renaissance style, the graffiti decoration of Litomyšl Castle is also typical for the Renaissance style.

  5. Litomyšl Castle - Litomyšl Castle: The Audience Hall was the largest and most prestigious hall of the castle. The chandelier is new and weighs about 300 kg,...

    Litomyšl Castle: The Audience Hall was the largest and most prestigious hall of the castle. The chandelier is new and weighs about 300 kg, it was a present from the Czech-born film director Milos Forman, he used the chandelier as a decoration for his famous film Amadeus. The floor is original and is a combination of maple, oak and plum wood. The rooms of Litomyšl Castle are decorated in the Baroque and neoclassical styles.

  6. Litomyšl Castle - Litomyšl Castle: The garden pavilion, called sallet, was built in 1796, the garden pavilion was an essential part of a the Baroque gardens....

    Litomyšl Castle: The garden pavilion, called sallet, was built in 1796, the garden pavilion was an essential part of a the Baroque gardens. The walls surrounding the garden are decorated with statues of ancient gods. Litomyšl Castle is surrounded by a fruit garden, an English garden and a French garden with 18th century statues.

  7. Litomyšl Castle - Litomyšl Castle: The brewery, the towers of the Piarist Church of the Finding of the Holy Cross in the background. In the brewery of...

    Litomyšl Castle: The brewery, the towers of the Piarist Church of the Finding of the Holy Cross in the background. In the brewery of Litomyšl Castle, Bedřich Smetana was born in 1824. Smetana was the composer of Czech modern classical music. The Smetana's Litomyšl International Opera Festival has been held in the courtyard of the castle annually since 1949.

  8. Litomyšl Castle - Litomyšl Castle: On the outside walls of Litomyšl Castle there are more than 8000 small sgraffito engravings. There are 24...

    Litomyšl Castle: On the outside walls of Litomyšl Castle there are more than 8000 small sgraffito engravings. There are 24 Renaissance chimneys on the roof of the castle, adorned with sgraffiti decoration. The most beautiful Renaissance sgraffito decoration is on the front façade of the second castle courtyard.

  9. Litomyšl Castle - Litomyšl Castle: One of the highlights is the neoclassical castle theatre. The unique interior of the theatre with a rare set of...

    Litomyšl Castle: One of the highlights is the neoclassical castle theatre. The unique interior of the theatre with a rare set of scenery has been maintained almost intact. It was built in 1797 and the first performance was in 1798. It can accommodate up to 120 people. The balcony was for the nobility, the benches on the ground floor were for the guests from the Town of Litomyšl, the benches under the balcony were for the chimney sweeps, they worked as firemen, because everything in the Litomyšl Castle theatre is made from wood.