Vrtba Garden

Malá Strana, Karmelitská 25

Vrtba Garden is one of the most important baroque gardens in Prague and together with other three baroque gardens (Vratislav, Schönborn and Lobkowicz) is situated at the foot of Perin Hill. It is a terrace garden of an Italian style and it was created for the Count Jan Josef of Vrtba, the Supreme Burgrave of the Prague Castle, nearby the Vrtba Palace in the years 1715 to 1720. The brilliant design was the work of Prague architect František Maxmilián Kaňka. Great part of the success is definitely due to the other artists cooperating at the garden creation: the sculpturer Matyáš Bernard Braun whose workshop made the scultures and other plastic decorations and the painter Václav Vavřinec Reiner, the author of the frescos. The surprising impact of the garden composition is based on the gradation of the terraces connected by the staircases and supported by the walls in shapes typical for barroque. After the difficult reconstruction finished in 1998 the visitors can again see the unique garden which is said to be the most beautiful one to the North from Alpes.

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