The Imperial Stables at the Prague Castle are situated by the Northern Gate (Pacassi Gate). They were built by Emperor Rudolph II. in the 16 th century. It is a large space with barrel vault and it became a place for exhibitions and concerts in 1990s.
If you enter the Prague Castle from the north, through the Northern Gate, you will find the gate to the Imperial Stables on the left in the passage behind the gate. There used to be stables already in the era of Emperor Ferdinand I. Habsburg.
Imperial Stables of Rudolph II.
Rudolph II., the Holy Roman Emperor in the second half of the 16 th century, who had his residence at the Prague Castle, enjoyed raising horses. He had new splendid stables built there around 1583. A corner of the Romanesque fortification of the Prague Castle had to be demolished, so that the Imperial Stables could be built. The large spaces were given the barrel vault with false ribs.
Exhibitions and concerts
The Imperial Stables were restored in the 20 th century. It was decided to make it an exhibition space in 1990s. The Administration of the Prague Castle organizes exhibitions there at the present time. Also concerts take place there, there is enough space for 350 seats.