Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou - the Moravian Versailles
The honourable courtyard echoes with the hoofbeats of arriving horses and carriages carrying ladies in breathtaking dresses accentuating their full feminine curves – a slender waist and full bosom in a frilly neckline. Their escorts are cavaliers in brocade coats and luxuriant wigs. Guests stroll through the French garden, dance or enjoy the delightful tones of period operas. So, step right in and delight in the eternal beauty and fame of Baroque Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou – the Moravian Versailles.
The chateau in Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou is one of the biggest Baroque complexes in this country, and even in Europe. The massive chateau stands on an H-shaped ground plan and forms one unit with the adjoining Church of St. Margaret’s and garden, and is thus an example of the grand concept of the Baroque style.
The house was rebuilt in its present form from 1700–1737, when held by the Questenberg family and the leading Austrian architect, Jakob Prandtauer is thought to have designed it. The highlights in the interiors are the Ancestral Hall with its allegorical fresco of 1731, ballroom with Turquerie wallpaintings from the 1720s and Chinese cabinet. The Roman bath and Sala Terrena on the ground floor are also unique and there are good paintings and collections of decorative arts.
In its heyday, Jaroměřice was the centre of cultural life organised here by Johan Adam Questenberg (1678–1752). In his time Jaroměřice had a large library, gallery, theatre and its own orchestra conducted by renowned music composer František Václav Míča, who worte the first Czech opera entitled “On the Origins of Jaroměřice” here. The libretto of the opera mentions the legend of the establishment of the town by Bohemian Prince Jaromír.