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Old April 9th, 2010, 05:55 PM   #81
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Now we are close to the Hradcany (Hradschin). This should be Martinitz palace, a Renaissance building by Andreas Teyfl. The sgraffito is made after German woodcuts of the 15th century. In 1624 Jaroslav Borsita of Martinice/Martinitz bought it, who was previously involved in the Second Defenestration of Prague:







Schwarzenberg palace, probably Pragues most beautiful Renaissance palace, sadly in bad light:

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Old April 9th, 2010, 06:05 PM   #82
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I will visit it on another trip:




Toscana palace, built around 1690 by Jean Baptiste Mathey, a French, for imperial chamberlain Michael Oswald Thun-Hohenstein:




Archiepiscopal palace, also by Mathey. The front was later changed by Johann Joseph Wirch:

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Old April 9th, 2010, 06:12 PM   #83
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great photos...i just realised i saw sweet f.a of prague when i was there now
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Old April 9th, 2010, 06:12 PM   #84
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Coat of arms of prince archbishop of Prichowitz/Wurzelsdorf:




I didn't visit the Hradschin castle since the hordes of tourists are absolutely horrible. Instead I climbed down into th lesser quarter on the less used Thuns alleyway (Thunovska/Thuns Gasse):



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Old April 9th, 2010, 06:15 PM   #86
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Old April 9th, 2010, 06:16 PM   #87
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Old April 9th, 2010, 06:18 PM   #88
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Now on side streets to Wallenstein palace (the Dutch are everywhere!):



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Old April 9th, 2010, 06:19 PM   #89
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Old April 9th, 2010, 06:23 PM   #90
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Old house numbers, which were introduced in 1770 when a new military recruitment system was established in the Austrian empire:




St. Nicolas, which we will visit later:



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Great shots there. Lovely thread name and that penultimate picture is a fantastic close-up. The light is just perfect.
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Old April 9th, 2010, 06:30 PM   #92
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Old plaque in German. Most of these German inscriptions were removed during the first years of the Czechoslovak republic. This one most likely survived because Tomaschek was actually a Czech composer (Vaclav Jan Krtitel Tomasek). Plaques commemorating Germans are usually gone:



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Old April 9th, 2010, 06:31 PM   #93
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Yeah baby, Praha is sweet!
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Hezké fotky krasného města!

Nice pictures of a beautiful city!

Please show us some more.

Btw have you been to the place in my avatar yet?
It's called Vrtbovská Zahrada and it has awesome panoramas!

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Quite impressive knowledge of Prague architectural background, Karasek. By far the most sound thread about Prague on SSC I think.
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Quite impressive knowledge of Prague architectural background, Karasek. By far the most sound thread about Prague on SSC I think.
x2, I enjoy the captions just as the pictures, awesome stuff Karasek
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Btw have you been to the place in my avatar yet?
It's called Vrtbovská Zahrada and it has awesome panoramas!
Yes, I've been there several times, but don't have good pics of it. I will do a photoset of the southern Mala Strana and the Petrin this year.
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Now we will visit Waldstein palace again, but this time the wonderful garden, which gives you an idea how powerful Wallenstein/Waldstein/Valdstejn really was.
BTW: in case you're confused by the different names. The house of Waldstein is of Czech origin, but named after a castle whose name is German and means "forest stone". The Czechified version is Valdstejn. Later Friedrich Schiller wrote a play called "Wallenstein", that's were the third name comes from. The family today calls itself Waldstein.
Anyway, the front of the palace:




The Sala Terrana (by Giovanni Pieroni) in the garden, which is much more impressive than in these pics. The statues are made by Adrian de Vries, who worked all over the HRE. Today the statues are copies since the originals were stolen by the Swedes during the Thirty Years War and moved to Drottningholm:




Frescos by Baccio del Bianco:

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