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One of the most impressive buildings of the Old Town is the Golz-Kinsky Palace. The rococo-style building has been witness and on occasions the setting for some major events in the history of Prague. It is one of the most outstanding palaces in the Old Town Square.
A stroll around the square will enable you to take in the structure of this beautiful palace which stands on its east side, along with a Renaissance-style house. Its pediments, pilasters and columns are in full harmony with the monumental nature of the other buildings around.
The Golz-Kinsky Palace was originally built between 1755 and 1765 for Count Golz. The design is down to Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer along with the façade, also in rococo style with neat stucco in white and pink. The building is crowned by statues representing the four elements, the work of Ignaz Platzer. The history of this building, however, dates back to an earlier time, since it stands on old Roman houses, of which the basement part has been conserved.
After some years, the palace belonged to the imperial diplomat Stefan Kinsky, whose surname has come to form part of the name of the building. Almost two centuries later, in 1948, the palace balcony would be the main stage for a critical moment, when the Communist leader Klement Gottwald addressed the masses congregated there as a result of a crisis that would develop into a coup d’état. Here the soviet-style Communist state was declared.
For years the Golz-Kinsky Palace was the home to the Imperial Institute of the German Language, and was thus considered an intellectual birthplace of some of the most important writers in this language, such as Franz Kafka.
Today it houses the graphic art collection of the National Gallery, with works that range from the Middle Ages until our own times.
Basilica and convent of Saint George (Bazilika a Kláster Sv. Jirí) (33)
Church of St. Nicholas (Sv. Mikulas) (11)
Monastery of Strahov (Strahovsky Klaster) (26)
Town Old Building of the Old Town (Staromestská Radnice) (9)
Cathedral of Saint Vitus (Katedrála Sv. Víta) (31)
Golz-Kinsky Palace (Palác Kinskych) (4)
National Gallery, Sternberg Palace (Národní Galerie - Sternbersky Palác) (29)
Saint Nicholas of Malá Strana (Sv. Mikulás) (40)
Charles Bridge (Karlûv Most) (2)
Our Lady of the Snows (Panna Marie Snezná) (52)
The Astronomical Watch (10)
Celetná Street (7)
Church of Saint Thomas (Sv. Tomás) (44)
Jan Hus, Bethlehem Chapel (Betlemska Kaple) (6)
Lobkowicz-Schwarzenberg Palace (Lobkovicky Palác) (36)
National Theatre (Národní Divadlo) (48)
Our Lady of Loreto (Loreta) (28)
Royal Way. Nerudova. (37)
State Opera (Státní Opera) (57)
Cernín Palace (Cernínsky Palác) (27)
Convent of Saint Agnes of Bohemia (Kláster Sv. Anezky) (16)
Jewish Quarter of Prague. The Golem. (21)
Masaryk Quay (Masarykovo Nábrezí) (51)
Old Jewish Cemetery (Stary Zidovsky Hrbitov) (24)
Petrin Hill (Petrínské Sady) (42)
Saint John Nepomucene (Sv. Jan Nepomucky na Skalce) (46)
Vtrba Garden (Vrtbovská Zahrada) (38)
Charles IV Square (Karlovo Námesti) (49)
Cubist Houses (Kubistické Domy) (59)
Kampa Island (41)
Municipal House (Obecní Dum) (12)
Old Town Square (8)
Royal Garden (Kralovská Zahrada) (35)
Slav Island and the Mánes Gallery (Slovansky Ostrov) (50)
Wallenstein Palace (Valdstejnsky Palác) (43)
Church of Saint James (Sv. Jakub) (19)
Golden Lane (Zlatá Ulicka) (32)
Letná Park (Letenské Sady) (17)
National Avenue (Narodni) (54)
Old-New Synagogue (Staronová Synagóga) (25)
Royal Palace (Stary Kralovsky Palác) (34)
Slavic Monastery of Emmaus (Kláster Na Slovanech -Emauzy-) (45)
Wenceslas Square (Václavské Námeí) (47)
Castle Gallery (Obrázarna Prazskeho Hradu) (30)
Museum of Dvorák (Muzeum Antonína Dvoráka) (53)
Prague City Museum (Muzeum Hlavního Mesta Prahy) (18)
Centre of Modern and Contemporary Art (Sbirka Moderního a Soucasneho Umení) (20)
National Jewish Museum, Maisel and Pinkas Synagogues (23)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart Museum. (60)