Old Royal Palace to be repaired

The Prague Castle building will have work done in the second part of 2018

Repairs to the most heavily used interiors of the Old Royal Palace of Prague Castle are planned for next year by the Prague Castle Administration (SPH). The repairs should cost Kč 5 million, SPH spokesman David Šebek told the media.

The repairs, which will occur in the second half of 2018, will mostly occur to the Vladislav Hall, the largest ceremonial space in the medieval part of Prague Castle. Repairs will also occur in the entry foyer, on the Riders' Staircase and the souvenir shop.

“In particular, it will mean cleaning plaster, repairing cracks, restoring parts of original plaster and stone elements, repairing windows, doors, and fixtures, repairing the floor surfaces, and similar work,” Šebek said.

The Vladislav Hall was built between 1490 and 1502 in the Late Gothic and Renaissance style and designed by architect Benedikt Rejt (Reid). At that time, it had the world's largest secular vault.

The hall was the scene of banquets, knights' tournaments and markets with artistic and luxurious goods. Since the coronation of Charles VI in 1723 coronation celebrations were held there.

Since 1918, it has held important state events such as the election of the president and the exhibition of crown jewels.

The Riders' Staircase was built so knights could enter the hall on horseback to take part in jousting competitions. The staircase has a Late Gothic rib vault.

A large renovation took place between 2007 and ’09. The roofs and facades of the palace, as well as the entire interior, were repaired.

During the renovation, the entire floor of the Vladislav Hall, which was laid in 1791 in preparation for the coronation of Leopold II, was dismantled. After repairs of damaged and curved parts, it was returned to the original place.

Individual parts of the palace gradually have opened to tourists.

Next to Vladislav Hall is the Diet and the All Saints' Church. From the southwest corner of the Vladislav Hall, a portal leads to the Ludvig Wing with the offices of the Czech Chancellery.

In 1618, its second room witnessed the beginning of the uprising of the Czech Estates when two governors and a scribe were thrown into the Castle moat from its window. The uprising of the Czech Estates started the Thirty Years' War.

The Old Royal Palace dates back to the 12th century when it was built in the Romanesque style by Prince Soběslav next to a new fortification wall.

Remains of the original Romanesque building are preserved in the underground parts.

Emperor Charles IV enlarged the Romanesque building in the first half of the 14th century, creating a Gothic palace with a vaulted interior.

During the reign of his son, Wenceslas IV, two perpendicular wings were added and All Saints' Chapel, built in 1185, was reconstructed.

The palace was deserted for 80 years during the 15th century. After 1483, King Vladislav Jagiello returned to Prague Castle and started a reconstruction of the palace, including the addition of the Vladislav Hall. A new wing named after Vladislav's son Ludvig was also added.

Parts were rebuilt after the fire of 1541.

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