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The Czech lands have a magnificent architectural legacy with one of the densest concentrations of great houses in Europe.
Barbara Peacock is an architectural historian and is in demand as a lecturer both in Britain and abroad for organisations such as the National Trust, the Art Fund and the Arts Society. Her particular interest is in the art and architecture of the country house and its associated landscape or garden setting.
Image of the Château of Buchlovice © Bjalek Michal, Creative Commons
Following the deadly scourge of plague in 1679 and the relief of the Turkish Siege in 1683 the Viennese, with improved security, embarked on a great building programme which would provide visible proof of triumphant Catholicism and the Imperial Ideal. Two important Central European architects emerged at this time, Johann Bernard Fischer von Erlach and Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt whose designs for churches and palaces commissioned by the nobility of Bohemia, Moravia and Vienna have left their mark as we see today.
Lecture by Caroline Cannon-Brookes
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Images fron the top, from Creative Commons: Château of Vranov nad Dyjí © Jerzy Strzelecki; monastery in Jablonné v Podještědí © VitVit; Palace of Schönbrunn, Vienna © LMih; Belvedere Palace, Vienna © Palacrogalin