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Czech Republic (Kuks) - Steve
« on: June 18, 2021, 12:35:08 pm »
   In the picturesque valley of the Elbe River lies the village Kuks. It is particularly remarkable for its partially preserved Baroque spa and hospital from the turn of the 17th and 18th century.
  It was one of the most spectacular spas in Europe at that time. Only the cascading staircase and the inn have been preserved from the castle and the spa. On the right side of the Elbe there is a hospital together with the Church of the Holy Trinity.
  The unsurpassed artistic peak presents a series of allegorical statues of the twelve Virtues and Vices by Baroque sculptor Matthias Bernard Braun. The decoration of the hospital is rightly one of the most important works of High Baroque in Europe. Most of the sculptures were replaced with copies and the originals were placed in the lapidary. Other Braun's sculptures and reliefs are found in the forest of the nearby village Ĺ˝ireč.