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6. Troja Chateau

Troja Palace is one of the most stunning summer palaces in Prague.  The chateau was built in the late 17th century by Jean-Baptist Mathey for Count Sternberg.  Situated at the foot of the Vltava Heights, the exterior of the chateau was designed after a classical Italian villa, while its elaborate garden was laid out in formal French style.  These were the first Baroque French style formal gardens in Bohemia.  The gardens boast a geometric network of paths, fountains, statuary and unique terracotta urns.  There are also two orangeries on the premises.  The ornate interior took over 20 years to complete and is overflowing with decorative frescoes depicting the Sternberg family's devotion to the Habsburg dynasty.  Inside the chateau is a great collection of 19th century art.  The palace is now owned by the city of Prague and hosts the 19th century Czech art collections of the City Gallery.