REISTENA COLONADDE IS A MEMORIAL TO FATHER & BROTHERS.
We had just entered the Czech Republic, when I saw the signpost to this Colonnade. Following a narrow bitumen road, we could see the Colonnade on top of Homole Hill.
This Colonnade served as a lookout, and still is used today by Tourist's, like me. The view from here overlooks three countries.
What else can you see, well heaps, the view is fabulous!
The town of Mikulov with a castle and Saint Hill, the largest Moravian lake called Nesyt, the Palava Mountains, Devicky Castle ruins, and a minaret in Lednice Castle Park, Little Carpathians, Valtice and Falkenstein Castle ruins in the distance.
Built with Corinthian column's, joined by the attic that serves as a viewing platform, there is an inscription: "SON TO FATHER, BROTHER TO BROTHERS, THE ONLY LIVING SON TO UNFORGETTABLE MEN."
The statues in the niches are of Johann1 of Liechtensteins's brothers, Philip and Alois I, and his father Francis Joseph II, these are worth seeing too!
OPEN....May, June 9 - 5PM.....July, August 9-6PM....September 9-5pm
Last entry is 30mins before closing
ADMISSION IN 2011....20czk
A woman will appear out of nowhere and take your money. She does not speak English
Located on a high hill above Valtice.
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Hodonin is a town about 33kms away from Valtice. I found it had quite a few lovely Czech buildings, all painted nice and looking good.
One that appealed, was the Town Hall, built in Nurembeg Art Nouveau style between 1902 and 1904 and located in the Masaryk Square. On the outside of the building, is a memorial dedicated to all the casualties in WWII.
Practically next door to the Town Hall, is the Baroque church of St. Lawrence . This Church was originally a gothic building in the 13th century, but was transformed into it's baroque shape between 1780 - 1786. I find the Baroque style rather attractive!
The Art Gallery was another distinctive building which was actually built by the Moravian Group of Artists. The Address ia.... Uprkova 2, 695 01, Hodonín.
My last photo I do not know what the building is, perhaps somebody may tell me. I thought the exterior was rather beautiful and worth a photo!
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CHURCH OF THE VISITATION OF THE VIRGIN MARY
Located in the nearby town of Breclav, just 10kms from Valtice, is the beautiful, red brick Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary. It is octagonal in shape, and above the entrance to the Church, is quite a large statue of Christ. It is surrounded by a garden which is open the same hours as the Church.
The Church was built by the reigning Prince John II, and was dedicated in July, 1898. It was built with two hundred types of bricks, and the tiles and glazed ceramic roofing tiles were supplied by the Prince's ceramic works. The same roof tiles were used on Stephan's cathedral in Vienna, Austria.
The door was open, so I was able to go inside and see that the red brick and tile theme was carried out inside. I thought this Church was lovely!
The Church does guided tours for FREE
THEY ARE AVAILABLE....
May and June - Saturdays and Sundays only, 10-12 a.m. and 1-6 p. m.
July and August - daily, 10-12 a.m. and 1-6 p.m.
September - Saturdays and Sundays only, 10-12 a.m. and 1-6 p. m.
The view point in the tower is open to the public from May to September
ADDRESS......Hlavní 1, 691 41 Breclav
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Also located in Breclav, is the modern church of St. Wenceslas. The original baroque church was destroyed in World War II. The inside is modern, including the stained glass window's. On the outside, it looks like Japanese Origami!
If you are here, and want the Information Centre, then it is just around the corner.
Inside photo's are on the listed website.
Address....nam. T. G. Masaryka 8, 690 02 Breclav
Breclav is located 10kms from Valtice
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