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The Large Palffy Garden
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The origin of the Large Pálffy Garden, situated on the slope above the Pálffy Palace (Valdštejnská Street No. 158), resembles that of the Small Pálffy Garden which lies adjacent to the west side of the garden. Here too vineyards attested in records existed from the mid-15th century onwards. Around the mid- 1700s a Baroque garden was built on the site on the initiative of Marie Anna of Fürstenberg according to an architectural plan which has substantially survived to this day. The content of the garden originated independently and in the modern era the Large Pálffy Garden began to be differentiated from the Small Pálffy Garden. The garden’s eight terraced areas are interconnected in the central axis by open stairs which alternate with tunnel stairs. A circular pond with a cast-iron statuette of Triton is situated in the centre of the lowest terrace. A Baroque portal with the motif of a sun dial with a Latin inscription

saying “Wake up, World, let a bright day chase away dark shadows” provides access to the tunnel staircase. There is a chronogram featuring red letters (Roman numerals) showing the year 1751. Thanks to the shape of the staircase the sound of the fountain carries as far as the exit on the third terrace.

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