Minaret in Lednice is a unique 60 meter high tower located at the distant side of the chateau park. It is a part of the Lednice – Valtice Complex. It is the oldest surviving tower in the Czech Republic. At the same time it is also the only minaret in the country and as well the tallest building of the type outside Islamic countries.
It is not clear why the minaret was built on this spot. According to a legend, it is said that originally Alois Lichtenstein wanted to have a church built. It was, however, banned by the church. So he decided to build a mosque out of spite. Due to the soft bedrock it was not possible to realize the whole building and therefore eventually the minaret was built there. However, it is also possible that the story was different. There were also Turkish baths, Chinese palaces and a Swiss bridge. It is therefore possible that the origin of the minaret is different.