Archbishops Palace in Prague

Hradčanské náměstí, the square in front of Prague Castle, contains some of the Czech capital’s most notable historic buildings, including the cream-coloured Archbishop’s Palace, in the northeastern corner of the square.

The palace has been the seat of Prague’s archbishops since 1562, when it was bought by Archbishop Antonín Brus of Mohelnice. The original palace, in the Lesser Quarter, was burnt down in 1420 by angry supporters of the Hussite movement, prompting Habsburg ruler Ferdinand I to have a Renaissance-style replacement built.

Between 1764 and 1793 the Renaissance structure was given a Rococo makeover and acquired the form we see today; the main façade was the work of Jan Josef Wirch. The interiors are mainly Rococo; the most noteworthy features are a portrait gallery of Prague’s archbishops, and a collection of French tapestries

Today, the Archbishop’s Palace is the headquarters of the Catholic Church in Prague and is not open to the public. But the imposing exteriors can be viewed from Hradčanské náměstí and from Prague Castle.

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