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ALTHAN (STARHEMBERG) PALACE

ALTHAN (STARHEMBERG) PALACE

- A grand noble residence -
A monumental Baroque palace at Horní nám. (Upper Square) No 3 is perhaps the best example of versatile ambitions of the nobility that came to the city after the Battle on White Mountain (1620). The name Althan Palace is quite rooted in common speech but it is historically incorrect. The palace has never belonged to the Counts von Althan, the owners of Vranov nad Dyjí Chateau. Before the palace was built, two burgher houses had stood at its place, which after 1620 became residence of Count Karel Anton von Braida, a member of the Imperial Privy Council in Vienna. From December 1631 to April 1632 Albrecht von Wallenstein, Duke of Friedland and a military genius of the Thirty Years’ War, stayed in these houses. Having just received Emperor Ferdinand II’s commission to command imperial troops again, he was mustering his new army in Znojmo. Wallenstein’s presence, his lifestyle and accompanying court were something of a miracle to most Znojmo burghers of that time, impoverished by the misfortunes of the long war. In 1666, the Braida residence passed over to Count Maxmilian Laurentius von Starhemberg and his spouse Dorotha Polyxena, who in turn rebuilt it into a grand city palace. The foyer of the palace (now a restaurant) with its slim plain Tuscan columns evokes some Late-Renaissance influences. The picturesque patio was altered in the 18th century. When Countess Dorotha Polyxena died in 1713, the palace was sold to the Court Chamber in Vienna. The palace began to function as an administrative building. In November 1723, when returning from his Prague coronation, Emperor Charles VI and his family stayed in the palace for two days.

- A grand noble residence -

A monumental Baroque palace at Horní nám. (Upper Square) No 3 is perhaps the best example of versatile ambitions of the nobility that came to the city after the Battle on White Mountain (1620). The name Althan Palace is quite rooted in common speech but it is historically incorrect. The palace has never belonged to the Counts von Althan, the owners of Vranov nad Dyjí Chateau. Before the palace was built, two burgher houses had stood at its place, which after 1620 became residence of Count Karel Anton von Braida, a member of the Imperial Privy Council in Vienna. From December 1631 to April 1632 Albrecht von Wallenstein, Duke of Friedland and a military genius of  the Thirty Years’ War, stayed in these houses. Having just received Emperor Ferdinand II’s commission to command imperial troops again, he was mustering his new army in Znojmo. Wallenstein’s presence, his lifestyle and accompanying court were something of a miracle to most Znojmo burghers of that time, impoverished by the misfortunes of the long war. In 1666, the Braida residence passed over to Count Maxmilian Laurentius von Starhemberg and his spouse Dorotha Polyxena, who in turn rebuilt it into a grand city palace. The foyer of the palace (now a restaurant) with its slim plain Tuscan columns evokes some Late-Renaissance influences. The picturesque patio was altered in the 18th century. When Countess Dorotha Polyxena died in 1713, the palace was sold to the Court Chamber in Vienna. The palace began to function as an administrative building. In November 1723, when returning from his Prague coronation, Emperor Charles VI and his family stayed in the palace for two days. 


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