The Baroque period was one of the most intensive regarding the construction of religious Catholic structures. When they arrived to the Valpovo Estate in the beginning of the 18th century, the Prandau family was one of the main initiators of this Catholic renewal. Thanks to the great efforts of Baron Petar II Antun Hilleprand von Prandau, a high-Baroque parish church was built in Valpovo, as the centre of the estate, according to a Viennese design, which was extraordinary for the area of Slavonia and Croatia, and its parallels can be found in the designs of one of the most prominent Viennese builders – Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt and his followers.
Aside from that, and particularly during his successor Petar Antun, the Prandau family participated in the reconstruction of existing Medieval churches, and they made a special contribution to the construction of new brick churches, which would gradually replace the wooden churches that were common before. According to historical circumstances and the church demands for more and more Catholic construction, those churches feature a more rational and traditional approach, which was based on late-Medieval and local construction solutions, where the Baroque spirit was less present in the spatial solution and more in the inventory and the formation of the bell tower. Even today, in its original religious role, a significant part of those churches have been recognised as valuable construction heritage and are protected by the Republic of Croatia.
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