The Lobkowicz Palace sits on the site of two Gothic homes. It is the work of Wolf Krajir z Krajku. He began construction in the 16th century. The home first fell to the powerful noble Bohemian family of Pernstejn. It did not become property of the Lobkowicz family until 1627.
As is the case with many fine palaces in Prague, the Lobkowicz Palace did not originate in the style it exhibits today. It was a Renaissance Manor house. After the Thirty Years War, the palace underwent a Baroque facelift. Carlo Lurago undertook the work in 1627. Under his guidance, the grand banqueting hall, with its mythological frescoes by Fabian Harovník, took its present form. You will see these magnificent paintings when you come to look at the various exhibits located here under the National Museum of Prague. These include a look at the history of Prague from the first settlements to the revolution of 1848. It does so with documents, glass, jewelry, paintings, sculpture and armaments. In fact, the Lobkowicz Palace contains one of the most significant collections of weapons in Central Europe. You can see, here, the sword of executioner Jan Mydlár as well as some of the oldest Marionettes in the Czech Republic.
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