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1-12-2020, 12:38 UTC
Photo Tour of Czech Republic - Castles

Konopiste Castle was founded by the Benesovec family in the forested region of the valley of the River Sazava in 1300. It is a mature example of the French style of medieval fortification, and is unique in this country. Its rectangular ground plan was divided into a larger outer bailey in the west and the inner castle in the eastern part. Seven round towers lined the periphery of the fortification walls. After 1500 the residential palace wing was modified. In the early 17th century the outer bailey was adapted in the Renaissance style. A radical change in the appearance of the castle came about at the end of the first quarter of the 18th century, when Konopiste was converted into a Baroque chateau to designs by the architect Kanka. Its towers were lowered at the same time. The final chapter of the buildings architectural history is connected with the name of Ferninand d'Este. It was home to the Archduke, whose assassination in Sarajevo in 1914 triggered the First World War.