Liechtenstein Palace is open to the public this Saturday, July 25, from 9 am to 5 pm, as part of a series of government building “Open Day” events.
The Liechtenstein Palace was built on the grounds of five city houses in 1591 and rebuilt in Classical style in the 18th century.
The princely family of Lichtensteins gradually lost interest in the Palace and sold it to the Earl of Ledebour. Later on, the Palace housed many different institutions, until finally in the 1980’s it was acquired by the Academy of Musical Arts.
It’s generally used for representative purposes by The Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. On the second floor, there are apartments, which stayed, for example, Spanish king Juan Carlos with his wife Sofie, British queen Elisabeth II, Japanese emperor Akihito with Empress Michiko.
The halls and salons in the basement are used for working meetings and friendly gatherings.
Between 1979 and 1991 the palace was renovated according to the project of architect B. Fuchse jr. and adapted to serve the purposes of the Government Presidium. Its premises were enlarged by one basement level and the peripheral walls were secured against the threat of slipping down into the Vltava river
From 1895 the palace belonged to the Prague Municipality, which used it for a variety of official purposes, and made several adaptations. The enclosing wall was pulled down in 1941 – 1942, and after World War II the garden became a public park.
The disastrous floods in 2002 devastated the ground floor premises, and the palace had to undergo another, costly renovation.
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