- Eduardo Lichnowsky visits Czech Republic
After my two day stay in Prague I got the Pendolino Train at the main station
and went straight to Hradec nad Moravici, in Silesia. That is where the
castle of Gratz is located and it's the last place my family was living
before moving to Brazil. Since I lost the train I was scheduled to travel
with, I got there one our later and didn't meet Mr Karel Hanak , the vice-mayor
who was kindly waiting me at the station with Mr Martin Sosna. I was lucky
enough and I met local reporter and journalist Mrs Lenka Misicková
who, together with her father, showed me the way to my hotel (it was late
at night and raining). After a beer and good dinner at the Turistika Ubtovani
where I could mingle with the local citizens I went to sleep.
Nice view from the forest at Hradec. The White building is
part of the castle complex.
Hradec is a very beautiful city and is surronded by a big forest park (one
of the biggest in Czech Republic) which is part of the castle complex. There
are two main buildings from the Lichnowsky family in the town, Gratz, which
they call White Castle, and next to it Carl Lichnowsky (5th Prince) built
a neo-gothic style building that they call Red Castle (photo below) and
which is a Hotel and Restaurant nowadays.
were many activities happening in the city during my stay and I enjoyed
a sculpture competition, where students were working hard on big stones
for two or three days. I also visited an expositon by Jan Saudek, he is
a famous photographer and painter from Prague and I liked his work and was
happy to see that modern works of art are still being exposed in Hradec.
The exposition was orginized by the Mayor of Hradec, Mr Karel Valusek, and
there I met with many of the citizens of the city, including his son.
I also visited the Museum (White Castle) where I was in contact with all
the beautiful things that my ancestors have collected through many years
(centuries) during their many trips, as well as antiques, hunting weapons
and modern works of art from the collection of Karl and Mechtilde Lichnowsky.
I was treated in the most kind way by the guides from the Museum who patiently
gave me informations in German and English.
I was also at the Beethoven competition were I luckily met with Pianist
Renata Ardasevova who was participating in the event with her students.
She showed me the premisses, explanied me how the competition works and
introduced me to Professor Eduard Grach from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State
Conservatoire, who is also the Soloist of the Moscow Phillarmonic.
I have to mention that I received support from the local people of Hradec,
and Mr Hannak not only helped me a lot to organize my stay but also arranged
accomodations for me at the Zameca Hotel and invited me for a splendid barbacue
in his house. He also took me to vistit Ostrava where we met the Deputy
for the Governor of the region and to Radun where I visited a castle (museum)
and met Dr Eva Kolárová, the director of the museum and curator
of the White Museum (in Hradec) as well. We had coffee and she showed me
photos of my grandfather in Oxford, which I had never seen before.
with Mr Hanak__
Martin Sosna and his family were also very helpful, they took me to visit
Opava, helped me to get internet connection, and were always available to
help and inform me of the best activities happening in the region. Together
with Mr Hanák he took me for a sightseeing trip and lunch, and they
made my stay in Hradec unforgetablle. Mr Jaroslav Ponca, manager from the
Cerveny Zamek Hotel also contributed and received me at the hotel with a
warm hart and many gifts.
With Mr Martin Sosna
From Hradec I also visited Chuchelna were I had a toast with the Mayor Mr
Josef Kubny and met local authorities, professors and historians. After
some interviews for local newspapers and TV we went to visit the Castle
of Chuchelna which was bought by my family in the 15th century. I also visited
and met the mayors of Hat, Mr Pavel Kotlár (photo below), Lichnov,
Mrs Marta Otisková and Silherovice, Mr Martin Cechácek, where
I visited the Castle that once belonged to the powerful Rothchild family.
Mayor of Lichnov, Mrs Marta Otisiková_________Karl
Max Lichnowsky and his father Carl were buried here
built by the Lichnowsky's in Hradec ________Red Castle was
built in the end of the 19th century by Carl
visit to the Czech Republic was long, and I will comment about other cities
I visited like Oloumuc and Prague in another article, but before I finish
this one, I would like to say that I loved this country and its people.
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