Category: renaissance

Renaissance PragueThe Italian renaissance arrived in Prague in the 16th century, bringing with it a revival of all things classical. The reign of Rudolf II in particular was a time of great accomplishments in the arts and sciences, and an increasing interest in the applied and decorative arts, even in vernacular architecture.

 

Prague Loreto

According to legend, in order to keep it safe from the hands of the infidel, the simple house in which the Virgin Mary is supposed to have lived was transported from Nazareth by divine intervention....

Novoměstská radnice: New Town Hall

The founding of the so-called ‘New Town’ in 1348 made Prague the third largest city by area in the whole of Europe after Rome and Constantinople. According to the census of thirty years later, the...

Větrná ulička, Liberec: Waldstein houses

Větrná ulička, Liberec: Waldstein houses

Houses with exposed timber frames (fachwerk) are a rare sight in the Czech Republic, but in towns where German influence was historically strong, there remain some good examples. In Liberec, this narrow lane near the...

Malé náměstí 456/14: The Black Pony

Malé náměstí 456/14: The Black Pony

The Black Pony stands in the heart of the Old Town, one of a row of attractive renaissance town-houses which in the early fifteenth century were home to the city’s first pharmacies. Its neighbours include...

Rašínovo nábřeží 412/30: Podskalí Customs House

Rašínovo nábřeží 412/30: Podskalí Customs House

Prior to the construction of the half-mile-long Rašín Embankment in 1904, visitors would have passed among the streets and low wooden buildings of ‘Podskalí’, a hamlet named for its position ‘under the rock’ of Vysehrad,...

Královský Letohrádek (Royal Summer Palace)

Královský Letohrádek (Royal Summer Palace)

Perched high on the castle hill overlooking the city from a viewpoint known as the Belvedere, the palace is said to be the finest example of Italian renaissance architecture outside Italy itself. Commissioned by Emperor...

Prague Castle: Míčovna (Ball-Game House)

Prague Castle: Míčovna (Ball-Game House)

The Great Ball Game House in the grounds of the castle dates from between 1567 and 1569 and is the work of Bonifaz Wohlmut, who also contributed to the nearby Royal Summer Palace as well...

Letohrádek Hvězda (Star Summer Palace)

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...

Staroměstské náměstí 604/14: Týn School

Staroměstské náměstí 604/14: Týn School

The building directly in front of the well-known church of Our Lady before Týn in Prague’s Old Town Square (part of which is visible in the background) was originally a school, formed from the amalgamation...