Benešov nad Ploučnicí Castle

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Benešov nad Ploučnicí Castle

The castle Benešov nad Ploučnicí (German Castle Bensen ) is located in the town of Benešov nad Ploučnicí in northern Bohemia .

The castle complex consists of two separate castles. The late Gothic Upper Castle was built by the Protestant Friedrich von Salhausen between 1522 and 1524. The palaces of the lower castle, which were built between 1540 and 1578, are a characteristic example of the early Saxon Renaissance in Bohemia. A century later, the fortress was converted into a late Gothic castle and served as a summer residence .

Since the middle of the 16th century, the two castles were owned separately. The lower castle was given to Wilhelm Kinsky von Wchinitz and Tettau . He was murdered together with Wallenstein in 1634 , his property was confiscated and the palace was given to the imperial general Johann von Aldringen . The upper castle was given to Christoph Simon von Thun . The castle served both sexes as a summer residence and residence for the estate managers and foresters.

The upper chateau ( Horní zámek ), the reconstruction of which was finished in 1998, has no interior. In the lower castle ( Dolní zámek ) the black kitchen and living quarters of the noble owners are noteworthy. There are also contemporary furniture, porcelain, weapons, paintings and graphic collections.

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Coordinates: 50 ° 44 ′ 29 "  N , 14 ° 18 ′ 41.2"  E