Lužany Castle

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Lužany Castle

The Lužany Castle is located in Lužany (German Luschan ) in Plzeňský kraj ( Czech Republic ) on the west bank of the river Úhlava .


In its place originally stood a small renaissance castle , which Friedrich Karl Graf Schönborn probably had rebuilt at the beginning of the 19th century and which was later given its final appearance by the builder, architect and patron Josef Hlávka .

After health problems, Hlávka gave up his renowned Viennese construction company and in 1873 moved to the Lužany estate, three kilometers south of his hometown Přeštice , which he originally bought in 1867 from the Prague industrialist Franz von Ringhoffer for his mother Anna Hlávkova. Lužany was rebuilt by Hlávka according to its own designs and for private use between 1886 and 1888 as a Neo-Renaissance style castle. In 1908, Hlávka bequeathed the castle and estate to the Hlávka Foundation.

Antonín Dvořák composed his Mass in D major ( Lužanská mše ) for the inauguration of the new palace chapel designed by Hlávka and also conducted the world premiere. Hlávka's second wife Zdenka, née Havelková, and Dvořák's wife Anna sang the ladies' solos.

Today the castle is used by the Hlávka Foundation as a meeting place for representatives of Czech artistic and scientific life.


Miloslav Bělohlávek : Hrady, zámky a tvrze v Čechách, na Moravě a ve Slezsku: Západní Čechy. Svoboda, Praha 1985, pp. 202-203

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Coordinates: 49 ° 32 '48.9 "  N , 13 ° 19' 3.8"  E