Czech Republic: Casanova, Cottages and a new hope for heritage

The Friends of Czech Historic Buildings, Gardens and Parks

The Friends of Czech Historic Buildings, Gardens and Parks are looking forward to becoming a full member of INTO later this year when the Czech National Trust will have been established. We hope to launch it in the Autumn 2013. In the meantime we are concentrating on raising money to complete the restoration of Giacomo Casanova’s room at the Chateau Duchcov in Northern Bohemia where the notorious libertine wrote his memoirs. A new, full original version is published in France in April 2013 (Laffont, 4 vols) revealing Casanova as a ‘much more complex character than the cliché he has become,’ according to the publisher. Greatly admired by Stendhal, it is believed his last words were: “I have lived as a philosopher; I die as a Christian.” No doubt Casanova’s fans will keep coming to pay their respects and see the place where his adventurous life was quietly, and at the expense of a Bohemian noble, recorded for posterity.

Duchcov

The Mauricovna, or Gardener’s Cottage, at Červený Dvůr has been the focus of our working parties for the past two years but has needed a new roof to secure its future. We have just received a generous donation, which has enabled us to give a grant for the new roof, which should be on within the next few months. This is a tremendous step forward, which will prevent further deterioration and allow the Cottage to have a future as therapy unit for the sanatorium located in the chateau. But there is still a long way to go and further funds are urgently needed.

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