About Červené Poříčí Château
A brief history of the château
- Červené Poříčí Château is a unique monument of the Saxon Renaissance in the Pilsen Region.
- It was built in 1611 by Mikuláš Šic of Drahenice on the site of an older fortress.
- Due to his participation in the uprising of the Bohemian estates, the château was confiscated from Šic in 1623 and was subsequently owned by various Bavarian noble families.
- The Hauben family, the relatives Törrings of Jettenbach and Klement Franz I, Duke of Bavaria, were responsible for the Renaissance reconstruction of the château.
- In the nineteenth century, the château was owned by the Habsburg imperial family, specifically the dukes of Tuscany.
- The château became a state property with the founding of Czechoslovakia.
- After the Second World War it became the headquarters of a forestry company.
- It was used as a residential facility for employees starting in the 1960s.
- The National Heritage Institute took over administration of the château in 1997.
- Since 2010 it has been a national cultural monument.
A brief history of the château garden
- The garden was an important part of the château grounds from the very beginning.
- During its heyday in the middle of the eighteenth century, the garden featured floral parterres, pathways with coloured sand, conservatories, and an orangery and fig garden.
- The garden was decorated with fountains, stone vases and statues of antique heroes.
- Apples, pears, plums, mirabelle plums and even asparagus were grown in the fruit garden, which also featured aviaries.
- The gazebo recalls the former glory of the site.
- Plans are in place to restore at least part of the garden to its original character.
- The first steps in this direction involved the planting of flower beds near the gazebo and the establishment of a fruit orchard in the rear of the park near the pond.