The Eltz Castle – Opening

place: Vukovar, Croatia
The opening of the Eltz Castle as a part of a joint project financed by the Council of Europe and Croatian Ministry of Culture entitled ‘Vukovar-Vučedol-Ilok: Research-Reconstruction-Revitalisatior' is set toka place on 30th October in Vukovar.

Its interior has been completely reconstructed and the castle will be now regurarly opened to visitors.

The building of the castle was started in 1749 by the Vukovar landowner, Count Anselmo Kasimir Eltz. At first, he erected only the central part, and new wings were later added on several occasions. Already by 1781, the first major addition had taken place, and the castle received its final appearance at the beginning of the 20th century, based on the blueprints of the Viennese architect Siedek.

 Large in size and luxurious in concept, the castle is decorated with numerous stylish details, but still retains a harmony in its shape. It is among the most beautiful examples of the Baroque period in Croatia. Since 1968, the Eltz Castle has hosted the collection of the Vukovar Town Museum. The building suffered great damage in 1991.

In the 1990s, Jakob Eltz returned to the country. The castke, however, suffered a great deal of damage during the Croatian War of Independence, when it was bombarded by the Yugoslav People's Army. It is now owned by the Vukovar City Museum. The manor, as it previously appeared, is depicted on the reverse of the Croatian 20 kuna banknote, issued in 1993 and 2001.

(D.H., 28.10.2011)