Star Summer Palace

Located a bit further than most Prague sights, this mysterious star shaped Renaissance gem is worth the tram trip. As you stroll down the long tree lined avenue of the large game preserve notice the perfect symmetry and unique design of the palace, it is indeed splendid. It is also important to note that the Star Summer Palace is connected with the tragic Battle of White Mountain, which occurred in the surrounding area on November 8, 1620. Archduke Ferdinand of Tyrol, who used the palace and land as his hunting lodge and preserve, founded the initial construction and design; the Palace was completed in 1556. But due to the extraordinary shape, planning and astronomical connections of the building, it has been contemplated that the Star Palace was designed more as a philosophers retreat than a mere hunting lodge; to further this theory, Ferdinand also belonged to a group of intellectuals who were influenced by Hermeticism, which classified proportions, harmony and numerical symbolism as being of high importance in architecture. The impressive gleaming white ceiling and walls of the interior are adorned with Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses; the interior offers a contemplative relaxing atmosphere, perfect for an afternoon outside the bustling city center. The Palace also offers two small exhibitions, one on the symbolism and magic of the design of the Star Palace and other whimsical hexagram structures around the world, and another on Czech writers and artists, such as Mikolas Ales. There is a model of the Battle of White Mountain in the lower level.

Obora Hvězda 445, 16200 Praha, +420-235-357-938.

How to get there: Take Metro A to Hradcanska, then tram 8 or 22 to stop Vypich. Open May through September, park open year-round.

Address: Obora Hvězda 445, 16200 Praha

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