Summer Palace


Built between 1538 and 1560, and also known as the Belvedere, this is perhaps the most authentic Italian Renaissance building outside Italy. Find it in the Royal Garden, north of the main castle complex. It is used as an occasional venue for temporary exhibitions.

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2. Golden Lane

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3. Lobkowicz Palace

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4. Rosenberg Palace

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5. Bílek Villa

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6. Palace Gardens Beneath Prague Castle

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7. Ball-Game House


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8. Basilica of St George

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