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Wallenstein Palace Prague Reviews
The wannabe king Apr 03, 2010
This palace was one of the first buildings built in baroque and was inhabited by the very ambitious supreme commander of the imperial army, Albrecht von Wallenstein (1581 - 1634).
During the Thirty Year war against Habsburg, Wallenstein had managed to acquire many military successes and made himself indispensable for Emperor Ferdinand II. After several important decorations, Wallenstein decided he wanted the throne of Bohemia, which led to his dismissal in 1630.
Less than a year later, he was back on his post, but he couldn't control his aspirations.
He started negotiating with the enemy (Habsburg), which led to his murder ordered by the emperor in 1634.
The Wallenstein Palace shows the enormous ego of Albrecht von Wallenstein, the whole building is built and decorated for a king. The highlight is the painted ceiling in one of the halls. Wallenstein himself is painted as the god Mars, riding a chariot.
Today the Czech Senate resides in the palace and tourists are welcome to come and take a look in the beautiful gardens and stunning halls in the palace itself.
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