This funny guy is in the gardens of another palace, this time not on the hill but directly below. This is Wallenstein Palace, the seat of the Senate of the Czech Republic.
Schwarzenberg Palace is one of the palaces continuing the line beginning with the castle and along the ridge of Hradčany hill. Today it is part of the National Gallery. If you’re interested in paintings, there’s no way to avoid it 🙂
Saint Rochus is something like the “spare church” in Strachov Monastery. It’s a gallery today and when I was there, they had classic modern paintings on display. Chagall, Ernst, that kind.
Well, the paintings were interesting, but what really fascinated me was the church with its blank, white walls. Mesmerizing.
You can’t walk around here like in Austria’s Admont monastery Library, and if I’d have to choose, I’d take Admont for my books, but Strahov’s library is definitely the main reason why people come here. Not a bad reason, I’d say.
Initially I just went along because it rained outside and I was already there. I also had not intended to take pictures, but after I tentatively tried one and nobody stepped in to stop the copyright violation, I took a few more.
Unfortunately I didn’t buy a catalogue (I probably should have) and I also failed to take images of the artist’s names. I don’t even know how old the images are. From the style I’d say not earlier than 1870, but there is no reason why they couldn’t be much younger. I simply don’t know and Strachov’s website only mentions one Dürer, lots of Baroque and 17th to 19th century bohemian landscapes.
The hill with castle and cathedral is Hradčany, or actually that’s the name of the quarter connecting on its western side. From Petřín Lookout Tower I took the way down towards north-west to Strahov Monastery.
This image at 24mm (48mm effectively) has a very natural perspective, this is what it looks like to be up there. Nice.
And here’s the reason why you should climb Petřín Lookout Tower (or take the elevator): you have an impressive view over the city. Don’t forget your long lenses and (in case you use Lightroom) don’t forget to play with gradient filters, dehaze and painted masks. That’s exactly what these tools were created for.
This is Petřín Lookout Tower (Petřínská rozhledna), a smaller cousin of Paris’ Eiffel tower, built only two years later. There’s a restaurant at the base and a long spiral stairway along the spine. It does not look like it, but the spine even contains an elevator.
I could have managed the stairway up, but I was curious and took the elevator instead. I was lucky, but you might have to wait in a row. Down I took the stairs and I suggest you do so as well, at least in one direction.