Kinský Palace

Built in the 18th century and located at the Old Town Square, Kinský Palace is considered to be the most beautiful Rococo building in the city. Originally, the palace was the residence of Count Goltz, and in 1949 Kinský Palace became the seat of the National Gallery in Prague.


Some claim that Kinský Palace was built by Anselmo Lurago, while others believe it was made by K. I. Dientzenhofer. The thing we know for sure is that the palace was built in Baroque style, but it also has a Rococo Façade. The front part of the palace is decorated with allegoric sculptures, and some of the decorations were heavily damaged in 1945.

Franz Kafka

Kinský Palace was home to a German grammar school at the end of the 19th century, and one of the students there was Franz Kafka. On the ground floor Kafka’s father Hermann Kafka owned a haberdashery shop.

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