Come with us and visit the beautiful Konopiště Chateau, the former seat of the successor to the Habsburg throne, Franz Ferdinand d´Este.
From the car park below the castle is a 10-minute walk to the entrance in the East Tower. The first courtyard is entered through a Baroque doorway by F. M. Kaňka with sculpture by M. B. Braun von Braun (1725).
The original Gothic castle (13th-14th c.), a square structure on the French model with four towers, was rebuilt in Late Gothic style in the early 16th century and enlarged at the beginning of the 17th century by the building of a Renaissance palace; some Baroque features were added in the 18th century.
In 1887 Konopiště passed into the hands of Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Este, the heir of the Austrian throne whose assassination in Sarajevo in 1914 sparked off the First World War. He had the castle remodelled by Josef Mocker between 1889 and 1894 as a splendidly appointed palace.
The sumptuous interior of the castle, including the works of art in the museum devoted to St George (paintings, figures and other representations of the saint), dates from the time of Archduke Francis Ferdinand. The large collection of arms and armour (most of it from the Este family´s collections in Mondena) is one of the finest in Europe, with almost 5000 exhibits (including 15th and 16th century tournament armour and valuable swords and guns). There are also great numbers of hunting trophies and other mementoes (pictures, porcelain, tapestries, etc.) brought back by the Archduke from his world travels.
Near the castle is an English-style park with a rose-garden containing statuary brought from Italy.
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