Are you looking forward to exploring the Pilsen region? Don't forget to go to the oldest village in this region. It is called Lužany and you will also find a Renaissance chateau with Baroque adaptations. The village was first mentioned by written sources in 1175 and from 1245 there was a wooden fortress. Reconstruction into a Renaissance chateau with one floor took place in 1583 and at the beginning of the 19th century it was modified in the Baroque style.
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Interesting facts Lužany Castle
The owners of the chateau changed almost everywhere. A significant period came with the owner Josef Hlávka. The builder and architect Josef Hlávka bought the estate in 1886 for his mother Anna, but in later years he became the owner himself. Josef Hlávka suffered from a long-term illness and thanks to it he remained in a wheelchair in the chateau. He spent time here with his first wife, Maria, who died here. Hlávka later recovered and embarked on the implementation of his construction ideas.
During the years 1886 - 1887, Josef Hlávka undertook the reconstruction according to his own plans. He had the original building partially demolished and a two-storey building with a "Y" -shaped floor plan was created. The Baroque tower, which was six-storey after Hlávek's intervention and had a clock, also changed its appearance. As for the general part, he emphasized the design based on the model of northern Italian villas. The castle had a staircase in the middle of the room and the first floor was entered. He also had a chapel built, after which Antonín Dvořák composed the Lužany Mass. The owner often hosted other important guests, including Jaroslav Vrchlický, Josef Suk, Oskar Nedbal, Josef Mařák, J.V. Myslbek and others.
On the first floor you will find the original apartment of J. Hlávka, in the building you can see an exhibition about his works and links. There are also works of art and portraits. Lužany Castle can be found in a flat landscape, three kilometers away from the town of Přeštice. The park surrounds it on three sides and the chateau complex also has a useful Renaissance garden.
Author: Petra Nachtmanová