In Loučeň in Nymburk district, a Baroque chateau stands today on the site of a former fortress first mentioned in texts from 1223. Next to the chateau stands the Church of the Asumption of Our Lady from the 14th century, also a cultural monument. The fortress, destroyed during the Thirty Years War, was rebuilt from 1704 to 1713 by the ten owner of the estate Karel Arnošt of Valdštejn. Later alterations were undertaken by the Fürstenberk family. In 1828, when the chateau was owned by Karel Anselm Thurn-Taxis, work started on the English park. Continue reading
The municipality of Lštění lies on the bank of the river Sázava, not far from Čerčany on the site of the former Roman settlement Lescenaum, a point on the trade route from the Roman Empire to the North Sea. Protected on three sides by steep hillsides, the rocky outcrop above the river was chosen as the site of a fortress by Slavs in the 9th century. The fortress later became one of the fortifications protecting the Přemysl dynasty territory in Central Bohemia. At the time the Přemysls were the only princely family to adopt Christianity, and they built churches in their forts and elsewhere. Lštění was no exception: the only stone building within the massive earthen ramparts was the little Church of St Klement, while the prince´s palace was little more than a rudimentary timber cabin. Although the fort gradually expanded, at the start of the 13th century settlements like this became obsolete and were replaced by stone castles.
The castle, which stands on a cliff over the river Sázava, was founded in 1241 by Zdeslav of Divišov. The castle´s name is derived from the coat-of-arms of the Divišov family, an eight-pointed gold star (in German Stern means star and Berg means mountain). Since that time the family was known as the lords of Divišov and Sternberg.
The Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region will become center of the event called European Heritage Days on the weekend of 7 and 8 September 2013 (GASK). Visitors will be invited to visit all the buildings of Jesuit College as well as the seat of GASK for the symbolic price 1 CZK. For this price it is also possible to visit the permanent exposition Collection 123 and especially the famous illuminated manuscript of Kutná Hora, a work of art of an extraordinary artistic and historical value which will be accessible for visitors this week end.
The miniature of Kutná Hora is a remarkable souvenir of the Medieval Painting in the 15th Century. Central Bohemia Region bought the work of art at auction in London on 8 December 2009 for the price of 510 000 pounds. The Gothic painting on parchment paper visualizes in a very detailed way mining, sale and processing of Silver Ore in Kutná Hora in the late 15th Century. The miniature will be exhibited in the premises of the permanent exposition 123.
All the weekends in September 2013 will be accessible the South Tower of the Jesuit College which offers a beautiful view on its surroundings, especially on the Saint-Barbara’s Cathedral located in its neighborhood.
The entrance during the weekend of 7 and 8 September 2013 is only 1 CZK.
Opening hours:10 a.m. – 6 p.m.