Wallenstein Palace in Prague – The Seat of the Senate

The complex of the Wallenstein Palace in Prague was built between the years 1623 and 1634 by Albrecht von Wallenstein, Duke of Friedland (Frýdlant) and Prince of Mecklenburg. The authorship of its architectonic design is attributed to Italian architects Andrea Spezzo and Giovanni Pieroni. Another Italian architect, Niccolo Sebregondi, took part in the construction of the last buildings in the complex. The Early Baroque Palace was already greatly admired by the visitors to Prague during the 17th century, as it represents a unique example of North Italian urban palace architecture. The preserved garden with its grotto and an unusual artificial stalactite wall also has a great visual impact.
In 1945 the complex was confiscated from the Wallenstein family and was subsequently used by the Ministry of Culture, the National Gallery and the Comenius Pedagogical Museum. In 1996 the decision was taken to establish the palace as the seat of the Senate of the Czech Republic. The decision was followed by the necessary reconstruction of the complex.
The specialist restoration work of the highest professional standard was carried out by the company GEMA ART GROUP a.s. The sensitive reconstruction of the historically valuable features won the project the prestigious Europa Nostra Award, given by the International Federation for Cultural Heritage in cooperation with the EU in recognition of the exemplary restoration and preservation of the complex. At the time 300 restoration projects from 19 countries were entered into the competition for the award.
Detailed information about the history of the Wallenstein Palace, the past repairs and reconstruction from the years 1996 to 2001 can be found in the monograph Valdštejnský palác v Praze, published by GEMA ART GROUP publishing house. The book can be purchased for 1255 CZK. Further information on the web pages of Galerie GEMA.

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