Bystřice pod Hostýnem (chateau)
A completely unique example of how mansions were modernized is the castle in Bystřice pod Hostýnem, located in the direction southeast of Přerov. It also went down in history mainly because it was owned by the famous Laudon family for more than a century, and to this day we can see a statue of Ernest Gideon Laudon, a famous military leader, in the chateau. The year 1897 is also historically significant for the chateau in Bystřice pod Hostýnem, when Emperor Francis Joseph I stayed here.
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Interesting facts Bystřice pod Hostýnem (chateau)
What is the uniqueness of the modernization of the castle in Bystřice pod Hostýnem? Compared to most manors, which were usually modernized through reconstructions, the old buildings in Bystřice pod Hostýnem chateau were left as they are, and new, modern and, above all, better-suited housing requirements were gradually added to them.
The chateau was built by the lords of Tvorkov during the first half of the 15th century, and starting in 1827, the mentioned Laudons became its owners for the next 106 years. The last aristocratic owner of the Bystřice-Hostýn chateau was Arnošt Gideon Laudon, who owned the estate until 1934. After that, it was bought by the state.
Although perhaps a slightly neglected castle in Bystřice pod Hostýnem, it witnessed a number of important events. In its walls, for example, Milota z Tvorkova wrote a complaint against the burning of Master Jan Hus, and another historical event was the stay of František Josef I. at the local chateau in 1897.
It is definitely worth mentioning the local castle park, which at the time of its creation was one of the most beautiful in Moravia. At the end of the 19th century, Olivier Laudon built an orangery with double glazing, equipped with flower bridges and heating. In addition to the Orangery, the local castle park is also decorated with the Pineapple House, also built by Olivier Laudon, especially for growing pineapples.
At present, only a part of the chateau is open to the public, but not the chateau park. During the tour, visitors will learn about the history and construction development of the castle, walk through individual buildings, interiors, cellars, the museum exhibition and living rooms without furniture. The Laudon portrait gallery has also been operating here for a relatively short time.
Author: Andrea Štyndlová