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Architecture in Prague: The Archbishop's Palace in the Hradcany Royal Complex

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The Archbishop's Palace in the Hradcany royal complex was built on the foundations of a Renaissance home.
Archbishop's Palace at Prague Castle, Czech Republic

Archbishop's Palace at Prague Castle, Czech Republic

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The Archbishop's Palace in Prague was built and rebuilt several times. Originally a Renaissance home, the Palace was reconstructed in 1562-64 by the archbishop Anton Brus.

In 1599-1600, a chapel with frescoes was added.

In 1669-1694, the Archbishop's Palace was rebuilt in the Rococo style by J. B. Mathey. The decorative portal with an inscription in Latin is still intact.

The statue on the left is from the 20th century. The statue honors Tomas Masaryk, founder of the former nation of Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia was the first democracy in Eastern Europe after World War I.

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