Here is an Official Postcrossing card from Czech Republic! This is a multiview of the town of Kroměříž, which is pronounced something like “krowm-YEAH-zheesh”, located in the Zlín region of eastern Czechia. This is a town that dates back to the early 1200s, and it’s known most for the UNESCO World Heritage site that sits within its midst: Kroměříž Castle (or the Archbishop’s Chateau) and its gardens. Kroměříž Castle is on the bottom-left panel of this card, and you can see its tower from the town square in the upper-left one. Kroměříž Castle served as a residence and meeting place for the bishops and archbishops of Olomouc from the very late 1400s to the mid-1950s. Ah – Olomouc is a larger city located about 50 km north of Kroměříž – it takes about as long to get there as it does for me to visit my family, so it’s not very far away. Anyway, this castle – like any old landmark, it seems – faced destruction by war and fire, on separate occasions, early on. When it was rebuilt and renovated in the mid-1600s, its design was changed from its Late Gothic look into the Baroque style. Crash course on Baroque architecture: it’s like a “refresh” of the Renaissance period, putting focus on design over structure, and looking very theatrical. Domes and colonnades are some features of it. Gothic would be more like what you see in the bottom-right, which is the Church of St. Maurice. Fun fact: the castle was used as a filming location for the movie “Amadeus”, which is about the life of Mozart (just thought I’d mention that since I watched it in 10th grade music appreciation class haha). While the castle is rad in itself, the most prominent reason for this site getting on the UNESCO list was the gardens! There are two gardens by the castle: the Chateau Garden and the Flower Garden. The Chateau Garden (which I don’t think is shown here, actually) started off as a simple deer park used for hunting. It’s now just a very nice, peaceful area to walk the paths of and admire the scenery. The Flower Garden, in contrast, is a superb example of the Baroque style, featuring precise, straight paths, perfectly trimmed hedges and seamlessly shaped flower patches. You can see this garden in the bottom-left and top-right – the top-right also shows the rotunda where you can view the garden from in panoramic mode. The ornateness of the garden is super intricate, and it looks really neat even when the flowers aren’t in full bloom (watched a very informative video about it). I could speak a bit more on it but I think I’ve written enough for now. My brain is a bit Baroque-en… heh… thank you so much for sharing this postcard with me!