The former summer residence of the Archbishops of Olomouc with its picture gallery and an extensive library is currently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The chateau, which was built on the site of a 13th century castle, is located in an unrivalled position, dominating the town. The Baroque chateau was built for the Bishop Charles II of Lichtenstein-Castelcorn at the end of the 17th century and a magnificent 34 meter high tower was built on the foundations of the old castle. If you manage to climb its 206 steps, you can marvel at its view over the entire town. The most impressive part of the interior of the chateau is the Throne Room, where the chateau’s owners received church officials. The Assembly Hall is considered one of the most beautiful Rococo interiors in the Czech Republic, and rightly so. It has been used as a setting for many movies, including Amadeus by Miloš Forman. It has exquisite paintings on its ceiling from which hang 22 crystal chandeliers. Also of interest is the Manx Hall, which is a symbol of the prelates’ secular power. The most valuable collection in the chateau is its picture gallery, which is well known throughout Europe for its masterpieces by Titian, Van Dyck and Cranach the Elder – among others.
Kroměříž Archbishop´s Chateau