Lobkowicz-Schwarzenberg Palace (Lobkovicky Palác)

Lobkowicz-Schwarzenberg Palace (Lobkovicky Palác) (36)

The Lobkowicz-Schwarzenberg Palace is an absolute must for those who love fine architecture as well as an interest in warlike exploits. The reason is simple. This is a beautiful Renaissance estate which has housed, since 1945, the Museum of Military History.

This grandiose palace stands in the Hradcanské Square and is a superb example of Czech renaissance style. Its first owners, the Lobkowicz family, entrusted the work to the architect Agostino Galli. He designed a palace in Florentine style that was built between 1545 and 1576.

Centuries later, in 1719, it was acquired by the Schwarzenbergs, an important family linked to the Hapsburgs. In the 19th century, during the period of Czech national consciousness, the architect Josef Schulz restored the building and made it popular. In fact, in some constructions from the period you can see clear references to this palace.

One of its peculiarities is that from afar it seems to be covered by blocks of stone finished in a point. When you approach it, you will see that it is just an optical illusion produced by the sgraffito.

The inside of the palace has conserved part of its decoration. For example, its rooms still conserve some of the paintings. The frescos on the ceiling of the second floor date from 1580.

At the end of the Second World War, in 1945, the Lobkowicz-Schwarzenberg Palace was turned into the Museum of Military History. The museum documents the wars of Bohemia from the Slav incursions until 1918.

Those who are fascinated by war memorabilia will be in their element here. To start with, in the courtyard there are several pieces of very well conserved artillery. Inside the museum there are more than 6,000 firearms on show. Another of its curiosities is, without doubt, the collection of more than 5,000 military uniforms and army medals from all over the world.

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