Sunday, May 22, 2005

Slavkov (Austerlitz) Castle Garden

Slavkov (or Austerlitz in German) is best known as the place of the famous battle of three emperors -- Russian Tsar Alexander I, Austrian Emperor Franz I and French Emperor Napoleon, who won the battle -- held near there in December 2nd 1805. There is a beautiful chateau in Slavkov / Austerlitz designed in Baroque style by Italian architect Domenic Martinelli, and as well beautiful castle garden at the chateau.

The garden contains 47 sculptures of figures from Ancient myths mostly worked out by Italian sculptor Giovanni Giuliani and Austrian sculptor Ignatz Lengelacher in the first half of 18th century. The 15ha area of the park was partially renewed in the style of French Baroque garden between 1972-77 in accordance with the plan from the 1774.

A lot of scarce trees grow up in Austerlitz chateau garden: Ginkgo Biloba, Junglans Nigra, Gymnoclaudus Canadensis, Gleditischia Triacanthos and more.