Every flower lover likes to visit places that have been associated with this hobby for centuries.
The Flower Garden, which is part of the monument “Gardens and Chateau Kroměříž”, is one of the most unique places in the Czech Republic. This monument was inscribed on the UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage List in 1998.
The name “Libosad” was also used for this beautiful garden with many architectural elements. In Europe, it is currently de facto the only such intact garden complex preserved in its entirety.
A little history
The Bishop of Olomouc was at the origin of the garden in the second half of the 17th century, and the construction was entrusted to Italian architects. The bishop himself was keenly interested in garden architecture and contributed his knowledge to its conception and layout, drawing inspiration mainly from Holland, Germany and Italy.
In addition to the many areas of geometrically clipped greenery, the architects added a number of artistic and architectural stops to the garden, as well as ornamental and utilitarian spaces. A few examples of the many include
- water areas
- ornamental parks
- Orange Garden, and
A very interesting architectural feature that occupies one entire side of the Flower Garden is the colonnade, which is almost 250 metres long. Originally, this structure served as the main entrance to the garden.
The Flower Garden in Kroměříž is unique in that it represents a link between the late Renaissance phase of garden art in Europe, developed mainly in Germany and Italy, and the Baroque-Classical phase, with the chateaux of Versailles as the main inspiration. There is no other garden conceived in this way in Europe.
Flower Garden Today
In 2014, the Garden of Flowers reopened after a comprehensive renovation. Since that year, it has also hosted a regular festival aimed at introducing visitors to the life of the ancestors. A huge number of visitors visit the garden each year and many are happy to return repeatedly.