Hradčanské náměstí 56/16: Archbishop’s Palace

Archbishop's Palace Prague

The Italian Giovanni Battista Aliprandi is usually thought of as the architect of this building, but Dijon-born architect Jean Baptiste Mathey (responsible for the design of several major buildings in Prague, including Troja Chateau to the north of the city) seems to have played a larger hand in the Archbishop’s Palace adjacent to Prague Castle.

Coat of arms on Archbishop's Palace in Prague

Commissioned by Jan Bedřich von Waldstein and built between 1675 and 1679 by Francesco Lurago on the site of the existing Bishops’ Palace, the imposing baroque structure with its prominent central bay and impressive pavilion roof occupies a commanding position overlooking the city.

The florid rococo detailing, added for Archbishop Petr Příchovský in 1764 and including his personal coat-of-arms (the Příchovice geese surmounted by the archbishop’s ten-tasselled galero), is the work of Jan Josef Wirch and Ignác František Platzer.

Archbishop's Palace in Prague