Lobkowicz Palace (Prague Castle)

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Lobkowitz Palace

The Lobkowitz Palace in Prague Castle ( Lobkovický palác in Czech ) was built around 1550 as the palace of the Lords of Pernstein . Via Polyxena von Pernstein it came to the Lobkowicz family in 1623 , to whom it has belonged ever since - with the exception of the interruption during the time of communist rule.

The palace is located in the Prague district of Hradschin . It has housed part of the Lobkowicz art collections since 2007.


South view

The palace was built by Jaroslav von Pernstein around 1550 as a representative seat for his family. His grandson Vratislav Eusebius sold it in 1623 for 30,000 guilders to his aunt Polyxena, who was married to Zdeněk Vojtěch von Lobkowicz .

Over the centuries, various improvements were made to the representative rooms in the palace, especially under Wenzel Eusebius von Lobkowicz . The current exterior facade dates from the time of Franz Joseph Maximilian von Lobkowitz . He was a patron of Beethoven and commissioned the redesign on the occasion of Emperor Leopold II's coronation as King of Bohemia in 1791.

In 1918/1919 Maximilian Lobkowicz (1888–1967), son of the 10th prince, Ferdinand Zdenko (1858–1938), made some rooms of the palace available as offices for the Prime Minister of the new Czechoslovakia ; the republic abolished the titles of nobility.

In 1939 the palace, like the entire family property, was confiscated by the Nazi regime in the Reich Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia . Restored in 1945, the property was again confiscated by the communist regime in 1948. After the Velvet Revolution of 1989 and the enactment of restitution laws in 1991, the Lobkowicz family led a legal battle with the state over the restoration of this palace, which lasted until 2002.

The owner is Martin Lobkowicz (* 1928). In 2007 the palace was opened as a private family museum, which is run by his son William Lobkowicz and his wife Alexandra.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Petr Vorel: Páni z Pernštejna. Vzestup a pád rodu zubří hlavy v dějinách Čech a Moravy . ISBN 80-86182-24-X , p. 274.


  • William B. Russel, Jr .: The art collections of the House of Lobkowicz, in collaboration with Scala Publishers . With contributions by Laura de Barbieri, John Somerville and John Batty. Scala Publishers, London 2007, ISBN 978-1-85759-525-3 , 64 + 8 pp.

Coordinates: 50 ° 5 ′ 29.8 ″  N , 14 ° 24 ′ 17.5 ″  E