Rájec nad Svitavou Castle

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The Rájec nad Svitavou Castle (German Raitz Castle ) is an early classicist aristocratic seat in Moravia , Czech Republic . The castle is located in Rájec-Jestřebí , about eleven kilometers northwest of the town of Blansko in the Okres Blansko .


A medieval castle stood on the site of today's castle, but it was probably destroyed as early as the end of the 14th century. In its place, Bernhard Drnovský von Drnovice built a renaissance castle in 1570 , which was destroyed by fire in 1746. The owners at that time moved their residence to Sloup and sold the property to Anton Josef Altgraf von Salm-Reifferscheidt in 1763 . In the same year, Salm-Reifferscheidt began building what is now the castle and established the headquarters of the Salm-Reifferscheidt-Raitz line here .

After the Czech Constitutional Court had confirmed the Czechoslovak citizenship of Hugo Fürst and Altgraf zu Salm-Reifferscheidt-Raitz, who died in Rájec in 1946, and thus repealed a decree of the Ministry of the Interior, a legal basis for restitution claims of the House of Salm-Reifferscheidt-Raitz to the castle became and the associated 7000 hectares of land were created.


In the spirit of the style of Louis XVI. a two-story building with a mansard roof and a courtyard was built between 1763 and 1769. The building plans come from the Viennese architect Isidore Canevale . A remarkable outbuilding is the pigeon house , which belongs to the castle and was built at the same time , an early example of the neo -Gothic style ( Rococo-Gothic ). On the ground floor of the main building, the representative rooms from the last quarter of the 19th century have largely been preserved. In the 1950s, a collection of paintings by the Salm family was housed on the first floor of the castle, in which mainly works by Dutch and Flemish masters can be seen. Other sights at the castle and in the surrounding landscape park are the numerous decorations and, in some cases, almost life-size sculptures made of cast iron , which the Prince, who was very open to modern technology, had his own factory (Fürstlich Salm'sche Eisenwerke and art foundry in Blansko) made.

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Coordinates: 49 ° 24 ′ 33.5 "  N , 16 ° 38 ′ 39"  E