70 Castles and chateaux
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Prague –
TrojaChateau
Reason to visit
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Rome captivated the young Czech Count
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he decided to bring a piece of it home.
In selecting the site and the artists to
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Baroque suburban villa full of art works
in the middle of endless gardens, he had
extraordinary good fortune.
Of historical interest
An oasis of merriment and relaxation,
surrounded by picturesque vineyards
and a sparkling river, it was not
intended as a permanent residence
but for festivities. The main theme
of the chateau’s beautiful painted
decorations was an ode to the power
and glory of the Habsburg dynasty,
and the count had hopes of playing host
to Emperor Leopold I and his hunting
party here. Soon after the building began,
however, the sovereign permanently
abandoned Prague. It was not until
23 years later that the count was able
to at least welcome Leopold’s son,
Emperor Joseph I.
The story of the chateau’s
construction is told by the exhibition
“Eternal Summer in a Roman Villa”.
It is complemented by a unique
selection of historical images of dogs,
horses and other animals from
the collections of noble residences
and the City Gallery Prague.
I–XII Tuesday–Sunday.
U Trojského zámku 1
170 00 Praha 7
Prague –
Vy%ehrad
Reason to visit
The rock above the Vltava River
crowned by a pair of slender church
towers is shrouded in ancient legends
and is infused with the genius loci
of the destiny of the Czech nation.
Away from the crowds of tourists
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city and a quiet respite in a graceful park.
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crowned Bohemian king, Vratislav I.
It is inseparably connected with
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of the Czech nation in the 11th century
– and reaches back even further
in ancient legends. The main monuments
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of Sts. Peter and Paul and the Baroque
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many Czech legends, which have been
rendered artistically numerous times,
the most popular is about the mythical
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execution by jumping over the ramparts
and across the river. Another is about
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chose to establish a ruling dynasty with
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to have prophesied Prague’s undying
fame and stellar future at this site.
An unguided walk through
Vy%ehrad with a stop at notable sights
and lookout points is complemented
by a visit to the Art Nouveau interiors
of the church, a tour of the graves
of major Czech personalities
in the Vy%ehrad cemetery, or entry
to the casemates and the huge
underground hall Gorlice, which
contains original statues from
the Charles Bridge.
I–XII daily.
V Pevnosti 159/5b
120 00 Praha 2-Vy%ehrad
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