Baroque architecture was born in early 17th century Italy from the humanist forms of Renaissance architecture and grew into a grand triumph expression of the Catholic Church and State. The main characteristics of Baroque architecture include the use of florid sculpture, color, light, shade, trompe l oeil paintings, colorful frescoes, and gilded everything with grand intensity. While the cultural movement of the Renaissance was commissioned and showcased by Italian nobility, Baroque architecture showed the power, glory and wealth of the Catholic Church, a sure Counter-Reformation attack. Baroque design first appeared in churches, but by the mid 17th century this grand style was seen throughout Europe in stately homes and palaces.

  • The Church of Our Lady Victorious | Lesser Town Sights The Church of Our Lady of Victory

    The Church of Our Lady of Victory is the famous pilgrimage site of the Infant Jesus of Prague, and one of the oldest Baroque buildings in Prague, built for German Lutherans in 1613 probably by Giovanni Maria Filippi the court builder of the Emperor Rudolf II, and originally named the Church of the Holy Trinity. The Catholic order of Discalced Carmelites were awarded the church after the Battle of White Mountain (Bila Hora) in 1620, by Emperor Rudolf II. the...

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  • Strahov Monastery | Prague Sights | Castle District Strahov Monastery

    Perched high above the city of a thousand spires is the second oldest monastery in Prague, the Strahov Monastery, which dates back to the 12th century. A dominant gateway showcases the entrance to the monastery, which is made up of several buildings with the Church of Assumption of our Lady and the Church of St. Roch. The peaceful atmosphere makes Strahov Monastery the perfect place for an afternoon wander or a nap under an ancient tree. Strahov is famous for...

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  • Prague Baroque Architecture | St. Nicolas St. Nicolas Church

    The giant green dome looming over Lesser Town Square belongs to the wondrous St. Nicolas, one of the finest examples of High Baroque architecture in Central Europe, this massive imposing dome and the Catholic church have continued to look over and protect the Lesser Town for centuries. Built by Christoph Dientzenhofer and his son Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer from 1704 to 1755 the architectural style was considered to be radical, hence the name the Radical Baroque of Bohemia. Both men were...

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  • Prague Baroque Architecture | Troja Chateau Troja Chateau

    The romantic Baroque chateau of Troja is located by a lovely bend in the Vltava River, surrounded by lovely gardens and an old vineyard. This wonderful chateau or villa was designed by Jean Baptiste Mathey upon the request of the glorious Sternberg family after Wenzel Adalbert von Sternberg embarked on his essential Grand Tour and returned to Bohemia with visions of Roman residential splendor in his mind (the chateau is inspired by the spacious 16th and 17th century villas Sternberg...

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  • Prague Baroque Architecture | Loreta The Loreta

    The Baroque Loreta in Prague was commisioned by Baroness Beligna Katherina von Lobkowicz in 1626 and was maintained by the Capuchins, an order connected with St. Francis of Assisi and his brotherhood. This gorgeous gem has been the site of numerous pilgrimages over the past centuries, and it is easy to understand why. The building was built to promote the legend of Santa Casa, or the house of the Virgin Mary, a copy decorated with original frescoes, sits in the...

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  • Prague Baroque Architecture | Sternberg Palace The Sternberg Palace

    Located off of Hradcanske Square is this lovely Baroque palace. It is hidden behind the Rococo Palace of the Archbishop; notice the narrow lane leading to the side entrance of the palace. Walk down the cobblestone lane and enter through a massive wrought iron gate into the grand world of the aristocratic Sternberg family. Built between 1697 and 1701 for Count Wenceslas Adalbert of Sternberg, the palace is now used to house the old masters collection of the National Gallery...

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