Old Royal Palace

St. George's Basilica Old Royal Palace Golden Lane

Old Royal Palace

(Starý královský palác)

All Saint's Chapel New Land Rolls


Vladislav Hall


Although a Royal Palace has stood on this site since the 9th century, most of what can be seen today was constructed during the 15th century at the bidding of Vladislav Jagello.


is Benedict Ried’s Vladislav Hall


The most impressive part of the Old Royal Palace (the residence of Czech kings until the end of the 16th-century) is Benedict Ried’s Vladislav Hall, completed in 1502 after some nine years of construction. Featuring an elegant vaulted ceiling and rectangular Renaissance windows, it was used for feasts, coronations, markets and councils, along with the occasional (indoor) jousting tournament!


riders entrance

It’s easy to imagine how impressive the hall’s Gothic splendour - and size - would have seemed to visiting dignitaries.




Indeed, one was moved to observe that ‘no other building exists like it in Europe, none that was longer, broader and higher without pillars’. Adjoining the Vladislav Hall is the Diet, where important affairs of state were conducted, while at the far end, is the All Saints Chapel, which was rebuilt on the site of the original Romanesque building.

Portraits in the Diet room






crown, orb and scepter





Defenestration of 1618

Defenestration is the act of throwing someone out of a window


the window of the Royal Palace

The Second Defenestration of Prague was central to the start of the Thirty Years' War in 1618.


Some members of the Bohemian aristocracy rebelled following the 1617 election of Ferdinand (Duke of Styria and a Catholic) as King of Bohemia to succeed the aging Emperor Matthias. In 1617, Roman Catholic officials ordered the cessation of construction of some Protestant chapels on land of which the Catholic clergy claimed ownership. Protestants contended the land in question was royal, rather than owned by the Catholic Church, and was thus available for their own use.


overlooking the Lesser Town, Prague

Protestants interpreted the cessation order as a violation of the right to freedom of religious expression granted in the Letter of Majesty issued by Emperor Rudolf II in 1609. They also feared that the fiercely Catholic Ferdinand would revoke the Protestant rights altogether once he came to the throne.


windows from which they were thrown

At Prague Castle on May 23, 1618, an assembly of Protestants, led by Count Thurn, tried two Imperial governors, Vilem Slavata of Chlum (1572–1652) and Jaroslav Borzita of Martinice (1582–1649), for violating the Letter of Majesty (Right of Freedom of Religion), found them guilty, and threw them, together with their scribe Philip Fabricius, out of the windows of the Bohemian Chancellery. They fell 30 metres and landed on a large pile of manure in a dry moat and survived. Philip Fabricius was later ennobled by the emperor and granted the title von Hohenfall (meaning "of Highfall").


Roman Catholic Imperial officials claimed that the three men survived due to the mercy of angels assisting the righteousness of the Catholic cause. Protestant pamphleteers asserted that their survival had more to do with the horse excrement in which they landed than the benevolent acts of the angels.

Text from Wikipedia


view of St Nicholas church in the Lesser Town as seen from the Royal Palace


from outside a fire was built within to heat the room
with this ceramic heater




books above the doorway


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