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The Flower Garden (once called "the Orchard of Delights") became a part of the reconstruction of the town, which had been destroyed by the Thirty Years' War. The garden was built by Italian architects, Filibert Luches and Giovanni Pietro Tencalla. It was located behind the town fortification walls on infertile soil for the delight of all art-loving visitors. An Italian garden with paths surrounded by high bushes was built on the area of 10 hectares. There is a 244 metre long gallery with sculptures of ancient gods and other mythic and historic figures. In the geometrical centre of the garden, there is a Rotunda (i.e. a circular building), its decoration glorifies the water element and the art of stuccoers, sculptors and fresco makers. A new entrance was built in the first half of the 19th century, it forms a court of honour in the Classicist style, which is closed in by two big greenhouses (Rough Greenhouse and Tropical Greenhouse) with an exceptionally valuable collection of tropical and subtropical flora. The garden is used for exhibitions, concerts, celebrations and, above all, for walks of residents and visitors. The whole complex has preserved its historic style and authenticity of architecture as well as landscape and garden arrangements. This exemplary complex of exceptional purity and quality of style, which has influenced the development of landscape architecture in Europe, was enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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  • Copyright: Wieslaw Krajewski (wkraj) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 1 N: 85] (1268)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2008-10-11
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposition: f/4, 1/160 secondes
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  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2008-12-30 10:54
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