Near Plzeň, the town known for its exquisite beer, you will find Manětín Chateau which is definitely worth visiting. You can admire its sculptural decorations and rooms that commemorate the history of the Lažanský family who commissioned the construction of the chateau in the first half of the 18th century.
When entering the building, you will be impressed by the main staircase decorated with Baroque allegoric sculptures
of the four elements - Earth, Water, Fire and Air. In the drawing room of the Countess, you will find the Lažanský family gallery
, consisting mainly of portraits of the last four generations of the chateau’s owners. In the hunting room there is an exhibition of weapons from the mid-19th
century and original Baroque furniture with hunting motifs. The chateau library
belongs among the extensive collections maintained by the National Museum Library
. It is kept in original furniture - eight glass-fronted oak cupboards. With more than five thousand volumes, it bears witness to the fact that noblemen of the 18th
century had a wide range of interests.
On the west side, there is a passageway connecting the chateau with the oratory of the nearby church. It was used by the chateau’s residents when they attended church services. The corridor is decorated with portraits of Lažanský family relatives and friends, illustrating the lifestyle and fashion of noblemen.
What to see next
Near Manětín Chateau there is the Baroque monastery of Plasy
and the pilgrimage site of Mariánská Týnice
. Both of these gems of West Bohemian
Baroque architecture are definitely worth paying a visit to.