With its rich construction development, fusing the elements of High Baroque and the later Rococo and Second-Rococo adaptations, the Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace is one of the most outstanding examples of palace architecture in Prague.
The Baroque building, located at one of the most frequented sites of old Prague − next to Charles Bridge – grew on the foundations of a Romanesque and Gothic built-up area and a Renaissance house. Its owners included an array of interesting personalities, from Count Joachim Andreas von Schlick, who was executed for his participation in the Prague Estatesʼ rebellion, the Jesuit Order and the Elector of Saxony, the cruel Count de Breda, to Prince Heinrich Paul von Mansfeld-Fondi.
Between 1736 and 1737, the Prince invited Franz Ignatius Pree to rebuild the original palace, probably designed by Giovanni Battista Alliprandi, along the lines of High Baroque.
The aim of the permanent exhibition, opened in September 2010 in Villa Bílek in the Prague neighbourhood of Hradschin, is to present the overall character of Bílekʼs oeuvre in his selected works, and...
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