Great Country Houses of the Czech Republic and Slovakia

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A comprehensive analysis of where politics, culture, and art merge, The Great Country Houses of the Czech Republic and Slovakia is a captivating read for anyone curious about the history and architecture of these two countries. Gerhard Trumler's striking photographs allow readers entrance, for example, to the Liechtensteins' twin chateaux of Valtice and Lednice in the Czech Republic. The lords of these castles established one of the greatest art collections in the world and played a major role in the diplomatic and military lives of the nation; they still remain as the ruling house of the Principality of Liechtenstein. Pratt's new chapter speaks of the difficulties of restoration and problems concerning modern-day ownership. Though many estates were lost or damaged during the World Wars, the houses as they stand today--some restored, some languishing in disrepair--present a rich cultural heritage of two fascinating countries.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780789208934
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/23/2008
  • Series: Great Country Houses of Central Europe
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 12.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Krasna Horka & Betliar
Cesky Sternberk
Opoeno & Dobris
Buchlov & Buchlovice
Veltrusy
Lednice & Valtice
Afterword
Bibliography
Pronunciation Guide
Practical Guide
Index
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