A neglected castle of a famous city
The castle was created by renaissance reconstruction of the original Gothic castle in the 16th century, which was carried out by the Habsburgs. In 1647, the chateau was donated to Merit by General Count Jan Špork. However, the greatest alterations followed under František Antonín Šporek during the 18th century. A number of domestic and foreign artists took part in the sculptural decoration of the entire complex, among them the sculptor M. Braun, the painter P. Brandl, etc. stood out. The interiors of the chateau are inaccessible because there is a home for the elderly.
Entrance to the castle
Lysá nad Labem is known mainly for its frequent exhibitions at the local exhibition center. However, few people stop at the chateau after visiting the exhibition, which is definitely worth seeing, despite the fact that you can only visit the chateau park.
The appearance of the castle
The castle is a large two-storey building. Here we meet a mixture of styles – especially Baroque and Classicism. The interiors of the castle are inaccessible, there is a home for the elderly.
Adjacent to the castle is a chapel from the 18th century. There are many statues in the castle park. Some come from the workshop of Matyáš Braun, others from the end of the 18th century.
Part of the castle park is arranged in trimmed walls. There is a tangle of paths between the hornbeams cut in this way.
As in any proper park, we can find a lot of non-traditional woody plants or interestingly growing trees.
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