High Baroque chateau with a rich history, valuable collections and unique paintings and sculptures.
Ploskovice is mentioned in the oldest Czech sentence from the early 12th century. However, it has maintained its historical importance up to the present. The current chateau was commissioned by Grand Duchess Anna Maria Francesca of the Palatinate, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, in the first quarter of the 18th century in the style of Le Notre, as a ‘mini Versailles’; the architect may have been Kilian Ignac Dientzenhofer. The sophisticated Baroque decoration was carried out by major Prague artists, the painter Vaclav Vavřinec Reiner and the plasterer Tommaso Soldatti. Ploskovice Chateau is built on the edge of a field break – from the north it looks like a three-story, from the south a four-story. The break is leveled out by an artificial water cave, a ‘grotto’, connected to a sophisticated water system. In the mid-19th century, the house became the private residence of the emperor (and last crowned Czech King) Ferdinand V of Habsburg. The chateau was raised by one floor, modified throughout) and decorated in the Rococo Revival style with both original work and overpaintings by Josef Navrátil. The park features fountains, a pond and some rare plants.