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Hrvatski dvorci


Style Characteristic
Medieval castle renewaled in ne-Gothic style in the middle of the nineteenth century.

Architecture Characteristics
The renewal of Trakošćan was one of the first major works of restoration in Croatia. The castle was remodelled in the neo-Gothic style after plans drawn up by as yet unidentified architects from Graz. The Romanticist renewal stressed the fortificational character of the castle and work centered around the square defense tower, the round sixteenth-century towers and the seventeenth-eighteenth-century residential and estate buildings. An entrance hall was added to the north-western front with a main staircase, high curtain walls and a representative neo-Gothic gatehouse with a drawbridge. The earlier small windows were replaced by large neo-Gothic stained-glass windows. On the steep southern hillside a high and long supporting wall was built with a terrace and small garden, which became the main entrance leading through a glass loggia. All the defense parts of the castle, both those that are original and those that are only scenery, end in crenellations with terraces. The park was also laid out, a new circular approach drive to the castle was made, and a lake dug. Today's Trakošćan comprises fourteenth-century Gothic architectural elements, Renaissance and baroque elements from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, and neo-Gothic elements from the middle of the nineteenth century. Its appearance has not changed greatly since the middle of the nineteenth century. There were small architectural reconstructions like, for example, the addition of a high shingle cupola to the top of the tower at the end of the nineteenth century, which was removed in 1961, the addition of the small tower with two storeys at the north-western entrance during the time of Ivan IX and Julij ana Erdody, and an open vaulted porch on the site of the glass loggia after 1910, during the time of Ivan X.
Like the exterior, the interior of the castle also has neo-Gothic characteristics from the time of its renewal in the middle of the nineteenth century. The furniture from that time has neo-Gothic, neo-Renaissance and neo-baroque characteristics. The state rooms, like the Armoury Hall, Hunting Hall and Library, are in the ground floor. The first floor was residential, with a dining room, bedrooms and salons, and the second floor mostly contained guest rooms. The kitchen and various pantries are situated beside the small courtyard while a well and servants' quarters took up part of the ground floor. Since 1953 the castle has been a museum showing the feudal way of life with furnishings and fittings dating from the end of the fifteenth to the end of the nineteenth century. It shows the past of the Drašković family and the past of Trakošćan. The part of the castle open to visitors has authentic interiors from the second half of the nineteenth century.

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