Sunday, November 20, 2005

Slavkov Chateau

Slavkov (or Austerlitz in German) is a small town near Brno in Southern Moravia. It is known due to the famous battle of three emperors that took place near there in December 2nd 1805. The Russian Tsar Alexander I and the Austrian Emperor Franz I -- the two defeated emperors -- stayed in the castle before the battle, while the French Emperor Napoleon -- the winner -- chose it for his temporary seat after the battle finished.

The castle was founded by the Kounic family in 16th century. In the end of the 17th century it was redesigned by Italian architect Domenico Martinelli on the basis of Enrico Zuccali's plans. Building was carried out by Vaclav Petruzzi, probably with the help of Austrian architect Josef E. Fischer of Erlach.

The picture shows the castle's main entrance from the town's side. Another photo shows its back front from the garden.

The photo was taken in April 2005.

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