chateau is an unique example of the Italian renaissance style of
building north of the Alps. Compared
with most of our renaissance chateaux it is not a mere renaissance-style
conversion of an older residence (castle or fortified settlement), but
a realization of original project for a late-renaissance "palazzo
in fortezza" style of building.
arcade courtyard is remarkable. Its 90 columns are decorated
with 540 relief carvings picturing battle scenes, coats of arms,
fantasy animals and creatures, masks and musical instruments. Elia Canavale
and Antonio Silva - two Italians who lived in Bohemia, carried out the
The mannerist fountain in the courtyard is the work of Pietro Materna following the design of Giovanni Giacomo Tencalla. They both were prominent artists of the imperial court. The fountain, with themes of sea sirens, dragons and a sculpture of a Bacchant pressing wine from bellows is one of the most beautiful fountains in Central Europe.
The chateau was built as a large complex
including a renaissance
garden, fortification wall and a moat. The chateau is
located in a valley, which is rather unusual for this
period. It was designed by Jacopo Strada, the great connoisseur
of art, historian and architect. He was also the administrator
of the art collections of three Habsburg emperors - Ferdinand I,
Maximilian II and Rudolph II.
The area map
Státní zámek Bucovice
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