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Stairs of the Ledeburg Garden
Prague

In the past a Renaissance palace terraced garden existed on the slope behind the Ledeburg Palace. Most probably prior to 1710 Marie Karolína and Leopold Antonín Trautmannsdorf began to build a Baroque garden there. The first to be constructed was a sala terrena believed to be designed by Santini or Alliprandi, although some historians tend to ascribe it to the architect Kaňka. Dating from 1730, the painting decoration of the hall depicting scenes from the classical mythology is the work of Reiner. The sala terrena opens by means of a column arcade onto a parterre with a fountain in the central part; on the opposite side the parterre is closed by a huge wall with a double-flight of stairs and a fountain adorned by a statue of Hercules. This part of the garden obviously originated within adaptations carried out by Palliardi between 1787 and 1797 which were commissioned by Josef Krakovský of Kolowraty.

The north side of the parterre is formed by a huge retaining wall from which the climbing terraced part of the garden continues. The wall was originally adorned by a fresco on the theme of a battle between the Romans and barbarians created by Reiner most probably around 1716 (other sources date it to 1730). In 1797 Reiner’s fresco, by then destroyed, was replaced by a replica created by Machek, which perished in 1940 when the retaining wall collapsed. Today the reconstructed wall is covered in trellis-work with rambling plants. The seven garden terraces are interconnected by double-flight and axis stairs lined by plants. They run towards a pentagonal pavilion situated in

the centre of the highest garden terrace. The terraces are planted with vines, ivy, trimmed needle trees, roses, lavender, Aaron’s beard and a range of other plants combined with architectural elements.

Text by Hana Pešinová

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