History

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MANDELIK FAMILY

Inspired by their point of view and culturally active historical context, the aristocratic family Mandelik chose architect Jan Kotěra for the architectural design of their mansion. The so-called New Castle was build for two younger brothers. During the First Republic period, the Mandelik Family owned a local sugar refinery, Kolin power plant, and many other buildings and lands around Kolín. In the time of its greatest glory this mansion was a place of vibrant social life. According to documents, even president Masaryk was guest of this mansion. The Second World War was a breaking point not just for Mandelik Family, but for the mansion as well. Because of the family’s Jewish origins the Mansion was confiscated in 1939 and until was used for German property management and SS troops until the spring 1945. The Soviet Red Army briefly took their place. From 1947 the mansion served as the local primary school. In 1992 the mansion was returned to the Mandeliks, but was falling into disrepair. In 2004 the mansion underwent a reconstruction and began to be use when was made general reconstruction and the Mansion started to be used as a hotel.

ARCHITECTURAL TREASURE

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The hotel is built in the Neoclassical style. From the original facility, only kitchen equipment (currently the massage room), a serving table and a built-in wardrobe have been preserved. At Chateau Kotera, we have managed to gather a unique collection of designer furniture that originated at about the same time as our castle. In the castle and in the rooms you can admire furniture from prof. Jan Kotera, his student Josef Gočár, and other prominent architects and artists working in the early 20th century, including Adolf Loos, Pavel Janak, Marcel Kamerer, Otto Prutscher, Koloman Moser, Joseph Maria Olbrich, Dusan Jurkovic, Vlastislav Hofman and more.

In the foyer of the castle you can see two statues in Michelangelo’s poses representing Substance and Spirit made by famous sculptor Jan Štursa, who was one of the founders of modern sculpture and a student of Josef Václav Myslbek. Paintings inside the castle were realized according to the designs of prof. Jan Kysela.

JAN KOTĚRA

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In 1894 Kotěra began studying at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, just as Otto Wagner, a professor advocating a new modern architecture style, started there. In this dynamic environment, in dialogue with his classmates, Kotěra’s formed his own artistic style. In the case of New Castle in Ratboř, this style is called Neoclassicism. During his work at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Kotera introduced a new concept of teaching architecture, which was further developer by, two successors, Josef Gočár and Jaroslav Fragner. Among his other world-renowned students and collaborators were Pavel Janak, Otakar Novotný, and Josip Plecnik. Among the most important buildings of the architect J. Kotěra include the Museum in Hradec Kralove, Faculty of Law at Charles University in Prague, the Vršovice waterworks in Prague Michle, and more.