Hradec nad Moravicí Castle
Size (LxWxH): 8780x340x180 mm (345x13x7 inch)
You can build the whole castle as one unit or the Red and White castle, each of them separately.
WHITE CASTLE – this is the representative part of the castle. The nobles lived here, all cultural and social events took place here. The guests of the castle were celebrities of those times – Ludwig van Beethoven, Ferenc Liszt and many more. As for architecture, this manor was built in the Empire Style. The northern wing was elevated and on the southern side, greenhouses and an orangery were built. (They don´t exist anymore though.) The front entry is decorated with six ionic columns with a balcony and a triangle tympanum on top, decorated with linear rustic. On the ground floor, there used to be a theater stage and on the first floor, there were accommodation and representative rooms. The inner yard was divided by arcades standing on Tudor style pillars. The dominant of the yard is a tower with a spiral staircase connecting the floors. This tower was built in 1861.
RED CASTLE Even though is looks very luxurious, in fact it used to be horse stables, carriage (and later, first cars) garage, forge etc. The architects were Alexander Langer and Ernest Händel. The first thing a visitor sees is an impressive entrance gate with three towers. Once you enter the castle, you will see a 35 mts tall and six meters wide clock tower. The tower was built in 1880. There are 99 steps leading to the view balcony.
WHITE (WATER) TOWER is the youngest and most distinctive part of the castle. The tower has a rectangular shape, with a steep roof and several decorative chimneys and towers. The staircase was built outside the main body of the tower. Most probably there used to be a defensive tower on the exact same place in the older times. The floors are only rising into the third floor, floors four and up were in fact huge water tanks made of cast iron, able to contain 28500 liters of water. Water from this tower was distributed to the castle as well as the nearby town.
THE PARK is worth the mention as well. It is lined by red brick walls, its bricks were made especially for this occasion. There are two outlook points and a huge dendrology park where you can spend hours just walking around.
|Designer||Zdenek Cechal, Dalibor Damek|
|Length||8780 mm (345.67 inch)|
|Width||340 mm (13.39 inch)|
|Height||180 mm (7.09 inch)|
|Bauanleitung||English, Czech, Pictures|