Schwarzenberg Palace (Prague)

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Schwarzenberg Palace

The Palais Schwarzenberg (Czech Schwarzenberský palác ) is a Renaissance palace on the Hradcany Square ( Hradčany ) of the Czech capital Prague .


The three-winged building was built after the great castle fire of 1541 according to plans by Augustin Vlach (Agostino Galli) for the noble Bohemian Lobkowitz family between 1545 and 1567 as a city residence. It was one of the first buildings in Prague to be built in the Italian Renaissance style. The walls are painted with black sgraffiti and thus simulate regular natural stone masonry made of so-called diamond cuboids, a special form of humpback cuboids . On the step gables there are rich figurative decorations. Rich ceiling paintings from around 1580 have also been preserved inside the building. At the same time, Vlach built the Horšovský Týn Castle for the Lobkowitz family in western Bohemia .

In 1719 the palace came into the possession of the Schwarzenberg family through marriage , who also acquired the neighboring Palais Salm in 1811. After the communist seizure of power, the building was converted into a military history museum. In 2002 the house went to the National Gallery in Prague . A general renovation took place and the premises have been used as an art gallery since 2008.

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Coordinates: 50 ° 5 ′ 20 ″  N , 14 ° 23 ′ 49 ″  E