Category: baroque

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Štefánikova 68/12: Portheimka

In 1722, the celebrated Prague architect Kilián Ignác Dientzenhofer purchased a plot of land formerly held by the Jesuits, where his patron Count Jan Václav Michna already owned a substantial garden. Over the course of the next three...

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Štulcovy sady, Vyšehrad: Statue of St Wenceslas

Originally erected at the centre of Prague’s Horse Market (Koňský trh) this statue of Bohemia’s tenth-century ruler is the work of the prolific Baroque artist Jan Jiří Bendl, who sculpted it in 1678 in exchange for 200 guilders...

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Olšanské náměstí: Church of St Roch

During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Prague was struck by devastating plagues, first in 1680 and again in 1787. The area of Olšany, then outside the city walls, was chosen to accommodate the dead. The burial ground, still...

Clam-Gallas Palace, Prague

Husova 158/20: Clam-Gallas Palace

Descended from a distinguished Austrian family, Count Johann Wenzel (Jan Václav) von Gallas managed an extensive diplomatic portfolio. As well as being Ambassador to London and the Hague during the War of the Spanish Succession, he was also...

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Letohrádek Hvězda (Star Summer Palace)

This outstanding summer palace and hunting lodge is the work of renaissance architects Giovanni Maria Aostalli and Giovanni Lucchese. Commissioned in 1530 by the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I, the project was finally realized in 1555 by his...

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Church of Our Lady of the Snows

Ordained by Charles IV in 1347 on the day after his coronation, the original intention was to construct a great triple-aisled basilica reflecting the status of Prague as a second Rome. Even its name – Our Lady of...

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Josefská 28/8: Church of Saint Thomas

The picture shows three ceiling frescoes painted by Václav Vavřinec Reiner between 1728 and 1730 in the church of St Thomas in Prague’s Malá Strana district, depicting scenes from the life of St Augustine of Hippo. In the...

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Perucká 61/13: Vondračka

This baroque homestead dating from the mid-1750s is the oldest surviving domestic building in Vinohrady. Above the remodelled classical facade can be seen the original 18th century dormer windows and turret, while the interior of the house also...

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Chapel of the Holy Family, Nusle

The Chapel of the Holy Family, adjacent to the Nusle Steps, was built in 1755 by Vinohrady councillor Karel Leopold Bepta. A simple square building with a pyramidal roof, it was originally entrusted to the care of a...

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Nosticova 466/5: ‘U dvou hrdliček’

The house known as ‘The Two Turtledoves’ was built in 1620 for the mayor of Malá Strana, Baltazar Globic. In 1726, it was remodelled by the architect Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer ​​for the royal carpenter Josef Leffler. The house...