Praha: Letohrádek královny Anny/Queen Anne's Summer Palace (Renaissance)

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The Royal Summer Palace, also called Queen Anne's Summer Palace, was built to the order of Ferdinand I from 1538 to 1560 on the eastern edge of the Royal Garden. The gallery, provided with an arcade and rich relief decoration, is the work of Italian stonemasons and the superstructure of the first floor and its unique roofing were built by Hans Tirol and Bonifaz Wohlmut. The Summer Palace was intended to serve as a scene of events organized for the entertainment of the court and also as a feature enhancing the pleasure of a sojourn in the garden.
In the late 18th century the Summer Palace was placed at the disposal of the Austrian army and after its stay here its reconstruction had to be started in 1836. In the course of its realization a monumental staircase originated as well as the decoration of a hall on the first floor in the form of wall paintings portraying themes from Czech history.
The Royal Summer Palace now serves mainly for exhibitions of creative art and artistic crafts.
The Italian source of inspiration of the Summer Palace is also illustrated by the way in which the adjoining part of the garden is laid out as a giardinetto with a regular composition of flower beds. The bronze Singing Fountain is the work of Tomas Jaros of 1564 to 1568. The special sound of the falling drops of water, bringing the ringing of bells to mind, can best be heard directly under the wide lower bowl of the fountain.
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Paolo “Canpao” Canna… on February 1, 2013

Excellent framing and interesting capture. Very nice architectural style and colors.Thanks for explanation.L 1. Good weekend and best regards, Canpao

Christos Theodorou on February 1, 2013

Marvelous colours and a beautiful capture. Hello from Athens.

Guizel J.c on February 1, 2013

Beautiful picture and place



Mona Lygre on February 1, 2013

So very beautiful and great colors!! L&F Greetings from Norway ;))

David Edwards on February 2, 2013

I agree with Mona, Premysl!

My very best, David.

Ana Maria Westphalen… on February 2, 2013

Magnifica,charmosa, encantadora foto, LIKE 6 + *FV * 3 ,abraço Aa Maria.

Günter Wingen on February 2, 2013

Wonderful building! L Greetings Günter.

BOGDAN de Varsovie on February 2, 2013

This is a very nice place.


Best Regards.


Annelies Vink on February 2, 2013

beautiful place and photo, very well captured view, like

greetings, Annelies

sonjabgd on February 2, 2013

Nice capture.



~Marlene~ on February 2, 2013

Beautiful image, framing & light! Like

Best regards, Marlene

janamare26 on February 2, 2013

Beautiful place.Good shot.Like.Greetings,Mirjana

Jürgen Weighardt on February 2, 2013

Good composition, great colours. - twinkle, twinkle, yellow star. ++++ Jürgen greets you from Wiesbaden in Germany.

Ahmet Bekir on February 2, 2013

Great place and nice building....liked

Pepe Balsas on February 3, 2013


Precioso edificio y su composición.

Like 14

Saludos cordiales.

Rafl on February 3, 2013

ILIKE fantastic palace! rafl

Stathis Chionidis on February 3, 2013

Wonderful place, strong view and light.Well done my friend.LIKE.Best wishes.Stathis

Zoran GM67 on February 4, 2013

Very good shot, Premysl!

Greetings from Belgrade, Zoran.

H.İbrahim Üzmezoğlu on February 4, 2013

Harika çekim,mükemmel görüntü.L.

Favori fotoğrafçı eklendi.Selamlar

Janusz Kulik on February 4, 2013

Pięknie wykonane zdjęcie,wspaniałe miejsce i kolory!!!!!!LIKE.Pozdrawiam serdecznie,Janusz

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 1, 2013
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    by Premysl
    • Camera: Canon EOS 1100D
    • Taken on 2013/01/31 11:22:27
    • Exposure: 0.003s
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200