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Sala Terrena

Sala Terrena is situated on the ground floor of the Castle and represents one of the best examples of Early Baroque Architecture in the Czech Republic. It consists of three halls and two artificial caves, so called grottos.

Sala Terrena is situated on the ground floor of the Castle and represents one of the best examples of Early Baroque Architecture in the Czech Republic. It consists of three halls and two artificial caves, so called grottos.

The Central Hall should introduce visitors to the fairy-tale based on the Ovid's Metamorphoses. There is only one statue representing Hermes who is considered the protector of human heralds and travellers. He is there to welcome visitors and introduce them the Metamorphosis story. -© Archive of the Archiepiscopal Castle Kroměříž
The Central Hall should introduce visitors to the fairy-tale based on the Ovid's Metamorphoses. There is only one statue representing Hermes who is considered the protector of human heralds and travellers. He is there to welcome visitors and introduce them the Metamorphosis story. -© Archive of the Archiepiscopal Castle Kroměříž

The Pink Hall represents summer and spring. Its colours and decoration should evoke a feeling of warmth and summer atmosphere in visitors and its sculptures symbolise those seasons. One of them represents the theme of metamorphosis – a young man is becoming a flower. The flower is called Narcissus, which is also the name of the sculpture. It is telling us a story about the origin of the narcissism which is the attribute of many of us.

Have you ever think abou the origin of narcissism - © Archive of the Archiepiscopal Castle Kroměříž
Have you ever think abou the origin of narcissism - © Archive of the Archiepiscopal Castle Kroměříž

First of two grottos is called Apollon’s Grotto. It is a tribute to a youth in Classical armour – the divine bowman Apollo, who killed with his bow and arrows Python, the mythical dragon. But be aware, one dragon is dead but the other one is watching you from above!

Apollo's Grotto is an unique example of Baroque architecture and its effort to make a pleasant place for nobles to relax in. What do you think is the pyramid in the centre of the hall for - © Archive of the Archiepiscopal Castle Kroměříž
Apollo's Grotto is an unique example of Baroque architecture and its effort to make a pleasant place for nobles to relax in. What do you think is the pyramid in the centre of the hall for - © Archive of the Archiepiscopal Castle Kroměříž

The Mosaic Hall represents another two seasons, fall and winter. Mosaic on its walls is primarily green, orange and blue which are colours that makes you feel cold. And what about sculptures of this Hall? You can find there for example an ancient Column of Destiny, symbols of summer and winter solstice or well-known Apollo with his love Dafne and even here the main theme is Metamorphosis. During the busy season there are also floral arrangements and decorations which are changed almost every week. No visit is, therefore, the same as the previous one.

During the busy season there are also floral arrangements and decorations which are changed almost every week. This one represents winter and fall as well as the whole room. -© Archive of the Archiepiscopal Castle Kroměříž
During the busy season there are also floral arrangements and decorations which are changed almost every week. This one represents winter and fall as well as the whole room. -© Archive of the Archiepiscopal Castle Kroměříž

Last room of Sala Terrena is called the Mining Grotto and shows us the gold mine and miners at work. The reason why there is such a motive is because Bishops and later Archbishops of Olomouc (promotion of the Bishopric od Olomouc to Archbishopric in 1777) had the right to mint their own coins from the monarch. They were one of the few nobles in the Czech lands who had this right and they were very proud of it. That is the main purpose of this room – to show their visitors their power and wealth.

The main purpose of building the Mining Grotto was to to show the visitor that Bishops and later Archbishops of Olomouc have the right to mint coins. -© Archive of the Archiepiscopal Castle Kroměříž
The main purpose of building the Mining Grotto was to to show the visitor that Bishops and later Archbishops of Olomouc have the right to mint coins. -© Archive of the Archiepiscopal Castle Kroměříž

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