Few architects have had such an effect on the look of Czech villages, towns, monasteries and chateaux as the genius Jan Santini Aichel who left grand structures erected in his peculiar Baroque Gothic style dotting the Czech Republic, including magnificent churches, enchanting chapels, vast convents and whole textbooks of detailing, which together make up a lifetime of effort by one of the most important architects ever to have worked in central Europe (adapted). Read more at Wandering in search of Santini.

A biography of this formidable architect is available here and an interactive map of Czech Republic with Santini’s works can be found here.

You may be interested in taking a virtual tour of the Santini exhibition at the Zdar nad Sazavou Chateau.

A concise History of Czech Architecture was made available during the Czech Presidency of the European Union in 2009.

In 2014 the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery in Prague presented the exhibition Punk in Architecture, featuring structures built over the span of five centuries, looked at elements of the punk movement in historic and contemporary architecture in the Czech Republic and abroad.

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Sources:  Klášter Kladruby, Unesco, Kinsky dal BorgoCzechTourism

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