Prague Castle Gardens - Royal Garden

Royal Garden

Founded by Ferdinand I. Habsburg in 1534 on the site of several former vineyards, the original garden was built in the style of the Italian garden architecture under the supervision of Giovanni Spatio who also oversaw the building of the Summer Palace and the perimeter stone wall. The garden was connected to the Castle by a bridge across the mote. As the Summer Palace with a fountain was gradually completed, a menagerie was built from 1581 to 1583. It was called Lion`s Court or Bear`s Court and in 1970, it was turned into a luxury wine bar and restaurant. The Ball Game Hall was finished in 1569 and so was the Orangery in 1601. The original geometric Renaissance layout was preserved until the beginning of the 18th century. In the 18th century, the garden was renovated in the Baroque style by František Zinner junior along with Kilián Ignác Dienzenhofer and Matyáš Braun, who adorned the garden with a variety of ornamental sculptures. The Presidential Residence (Domecek) which was used by all presidents from 1938 to 1989 is also situated in the garden. A new scenic path from the Royal Garden to the Ball Game Hall and on to the lower part of Jeleni Prikop (Stag Moat) was opened.

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