Queen Anne's Summer Palace - Belvedere / Letohrádek královny Anny - Belvedér (Prague)
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Quick Description: Queen Anne's Summer Palace in Prague castle, also called Royal Summer Palace or Belvedere, is the most beautiful building constructed in pure Italian Renaissance style in Czech lands...
Location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia
Date Posted: 9/28/2009 12:02:38 PM
Waymark Code: WM7AVX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Shebi Team
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Long Description:

Queen Anne's Summer Palace (Letohrádek královny Anny) in Prague castle, also known as Royal Summer Palace (Královský letohrádek) or Belvedere (Belvedér), was built to the order of Ferdinand I from 1538 to 1560 on the eastern edge of the Royal Garden.

The gallery, provided with an arcade and rich relief decoration, is the work of Italian stone-masons headed by Paolo della Stella and the superstructure of the first floor and its unique roofing were built by Hans Tirol and Bonifaz Wolmut. The Summer Palace was intended to serve as a scene of events organized for the entertainment of the court and also as a feature enhancing the pleasure of a sojourn in the garden.

In the late 18th century the Summer Palace was placed at the disposal of the Austrian army and after its stay here its reconstruction had to be started in 1836. In the course of its realization a monumental staircase originated as well as the decoration of a hall on the first floor in the form of wall paintings portraying themes from Czech history.

The Royal Summer Palace now serves mainly for exhibitions of creative art and artistic crafts. The Italian source of inspiration of the Summer Palace is also illustrated by the way in which the adjoining part of the garden is laid out as a giardinetto with a regular composition of flower beds. The bronze Singing Fountain is the work of Tomáš Jaroš of 1564-1568. The special sound of the falling drops of water, bringing the ringing of bells to mind, can best be heard directly under the wide lower bowl of the fountain.

Date of origin:: 1538-1560

Architect(s): Paolo della Stella, Hans Tirol, Bonifaz Wolmut

Style: High Renaissance (ca. 1500–1550)

Web site of the object (if exists): [Web Link]

Type of building (structure): Town palace

Address:
Letohrádek královny Anny Prague Castle CZ-110 00 Prague 1


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