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ČTK REPORTS ON THE FRIENDS' WORK IN MORAVIA

April 2014 - ČTK REPORTS ON THE FRIENDS' WORK IN MORAVIA

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Uherčice, South Moravia, (ČTK) - The British group The Friends of Czech Heritage will provide some 900,000 crowns for the renewal of the first room of the dilapidated Uherčice château which the state plans to restore, the château's administrator Eva Stepánová said Tuesday. The Uherčice château is the most devastated state-owned historical building in Moravia. The first room to undergo reconstruction will be the banqueting hall, whose painted ceiling will be reconstructed with the British money, Stepánová, said.

The National Heritage Institute (NPÚ) has been in charge of the château since 1995 but they still fail to gain money for its reconstruction. From 2009 to 2013, the NPÚ used the proceeds from wine auctions to restore the banqueting hall's 13 windows. After the ceiling is restored, the NPÚ will need six million crowns more to restore the wall paintings and the historical wooden floor. "The British foundation is now seeking a sponsor in Britain who would help us with these projects," Stepánová said. Unlike the neighbouring châteaux of Vránov and Bitov, Uherčice is not that popular a tourist destination. About 2,500 people visit in annually. The château's last owner was the Italian noble family Collalto and San Salvatore, who owned it until after the end of World War II, when they were branded enemies of the state and their property was confiscated. In the communist period, the château served as the headquarters of the Czechoslovak military guards monitoring the nearby border with Austria.

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