Karlova Koruna Chateau (Charles's Crown) is one of the foremost Baroque chateaus in the Czech Republic.
Karlova Koruna Chateau (Charles's Crown) is one of the foremost Baroque chateaus in the Czech Republic and was designed by Jan Santini Aichel, one of the main baroque architects of Italian origin. Built in the period between 1721-1723 as the summer-seat of Frantisek Ferdinand Count Kinský in honor of the coronation of Emperor Charles VI. King of Bohemia, it later took the name “Charles Crown” to commemorate the Emperor’s visit to the castle.
The building has a unique ground plan which resembles the royal crown. It consists of a cylindrical core with three wings, each of three rooms with square floors. The ground floor has a round central hall and the rooms which it opens onto are dedicated to the family exhibition. The many paintings of horses on display are a reflection of the Kinsky family’s long-lasting passion for horse-breeding. On the second floor, which can be reached by a monumental external staircase, there is a magnificent round ballroom which leads to further rooms housing the collection of Kinsky family and horse paintings.
The Chateau is surrounded by a 40-acre park with rare botanical specimens, an example of a French/English baroque garden withan orangerie in the southern part. Facing the Chateau are two buildings formerly inhabited by the family and one, which was used as a covered riding hall for training horses. A chapel, dedicated to St. Ann, stands next to the Chateau.