Castle Kynžvart, Czech Republic

 Castle Kynžvart – once the home of the Austrian State Chancellor Metternich (1773 - 1859) is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Western Bohemia. Its main attractions are its architecture in the style of Viennese Classicism, its extensive parkland with small Empire style buildings and the castle's valuable collections. Foremost among the latter is the library containing medieval manuscripts and incunabula, as well as a curio cabinet.
The interiors and the façade of the castle were reconstructed in the years between 1998 and 2000. GEMA ART GROUP a.s. participated in this task as a main subcontractor for the restoration work. The aim of the project was the conservation and partial reconstruction of the remnants of wall decoration within the interior and renovation of the original appearance of the façade, carried out on the basis of restoration surveys and a study of archive materials. The outcome of these expert interventions won in March 2000 the prestigious Europa Nostra award. The international organization Europa Nostra, founded in 1963, awards a prize annually to projects safeguarding cultural heritage.
The ambitious Castle Kynžvart renovation project yielded much interesting information about the architectural history of the building, its past repairs and alterations and also about the artistic and architectural ambitions of its owners and designers. Castle Kynžvart gained further significance when it was listed as a National Cultural Monument of the Czech Republic in 2001.