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The Kinsky palace, a beautiful Rococo building right on Old Town Square today houses the National Gallery. Its collection is Asia and the Mediterranean., though the focus is on Asia and the Middle East. You have a solid collection of Greek art as well as some Minoan and Roman art. I was particularly impressed with their collection of Buddhist Art. There is also an excellent display of calligraphy and decorative art. In all a fine museum to see with a strong collection.
The Palace is located in what used to be the Old Currency House. Eventually it was owned by the Kinsky family, a noble family who had extensive possessions in Bohemia and Austria. Frank Kafka, the Czech Jewish writer, went to school on the second floor when it was a German gymnasium (upper high school). His father ran a business on the ground floor for a time. After 1945 the building became part of the State.
There is an excellent information office for the National Gallery on the ground floor.
Hours- Tuesday to Sunday 10 am- 6 pm
Admission- 150 Kč, reduced 80 Kč
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The Rococo building of Kinsky Palace located at the Old Town Square. It was built between 1755 and 1765 by Anselmo Lurago and it was bought by Stepan Kinsky. Nowadays, the Kinsky palace belongs to the National Gallery.
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Kinsky Palace was designed by Kilian Ignaz Dietzenhofer. Stepan Kinsky, who was an imperial diplomat, bought it from the Golz family in 1768. The balcony was used in 1948 by the communist leader, Klement Gottwald to address the large crowd of party members. The Palace is now used as a National Gallery.
This palace is situated in the middle of old town
In 1948, this balcony was used by Klement Gottwald, the communist leader, to address to the members of his party.In 1989 after so called "velvet revolution" famous playwriter and intellectual Vaclav Havel took the power and adress to the people for the first time after his travel from USA in the same balcony.I was one of the lucky man to attend to this meeting Although I dont understand anything I understood from the laughs that the people was very happy.Today the Natonal Gallery uses this Palace for art exhibitions.
Yet another impressive building on Old Town Square is Kinsky Palace, the largest non-religious building on the square. The palace is best known for it's association with the Commnnist takeover of Czechosolvakia in 1948. The Prime Minister, Klement Gottwald, announced the news to thousands of supporters in the square below, ushering in an era which lasted 41 years until the fall of communism in 1989.
The Kinsky Palace is a house with a rich history. It was built in Rococo style by Kilian Ignaz Ditezenhofer ,who also designed the Church of St. Nicholas in Old Town Square. Stepan Kinsky bought it from Goltz family in 1768.
Berta Suttnerova, born Kinska, was born in this house. She was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize of Peace, in 1905. Franz Kafka's father also had a shop here at the turn of the 20th century.
Today it houses the art exhibitions.
It is on the right side of my picture, I can't beleve I didn't take one with a closer look to it.
This is the Kinsky castle (?)...
This is the Kinsky castle (?) close to the old town square.
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