March 20, 2017

2991 CZECH REPUBLIC (South Moravia) - Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape (UNESCO WHS)


Between the 17th and 20th centuries, the ruling dukes of Liechtenstein transformed their domains in southern Moravia into a striking landscape. It married Baroque architecture and the classical and neo-Gothic style of the castles of Lednice and Valtice with countryside fashioned according to English romantic principles of landscape architecture. At 200 km2 , it is one of the largest artificial landscapes in Europe. It is described by UNESCO as "an exceptional example of the designed landscape that evolved in the Enlightenment and afterwards under the care of a single family."

The Palace of Lednice began its life as a Renaissance villa; in the 17th century it became a summer residence of the ruling Princes of Liechtenstein. The estate house - designed and furbished by baroque architects Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, Domenico Martinelli, and Anton Johan Ospel - proclaimed rural luxury on the grandest scale. In 1846-1858 it was extensively rebuilt in a Neo-Gothic style under the supervision of Georg Wingelmüller.

The surrounding park is laid out in an English garden style and contains a range of Romantic follies by Joseph Hardtmuth, including the artificial ruins of a medieval castle on the bank of the Thaya/Dyje River (1801) and a solitary sixty-metre minaret, reputedly the tallest outside the Muslim world at the time of its construction (1797-1804). There is a large English-style greenhouse on the right side of the Palace of Lednice which was built in the years 1834-1835.

About the stamps


The stamp, designed by Radek Pilař, was issued on February 18, 2015, to celebrate Večerníček, a television program for children in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It has been broadcast regularly for over 40 years.


The second stamp is part of the series UNESCO World Heritage, designed by L. Sváček and issued on September 7, 2016:
• The Lednice-Valtice Area (16 CZK) - It's on the postcard 2991
• Prague Castle and Charles Bridge (27 CZK)

References
Lednice - Wikipedia
Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape - UNESCO official website

Sender: Monika Dvorakova (direct swap)
Sent from Mikulov (South Moravia / Czech Republic), on 09.01.2016

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