House at the Stone Bell
During restoration in the 1980s a baroque stucco facade was stripped away from this elegant medieval building to reveal the original...
Jan Hus Statue
Ladislav Šaloun’s brooding art nouveau statue of Jan Hus was unveiled on 6 July 1915, the 500th anniversary of Hus’ death at the stake.
Old Town Square
One of Europe’s biggest and most beautiful urban spaces, the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí, or Staromák for short) has been...
Founded in 1989 this company uses creative black-light theatre along with pantomime, modern dance and video – not to mention liberal...
Maitrea (a Buddhist term meaning ‘the future Buddha’) is a beautifully designed space full of flowing curves and organic shapes, from...
Staroměstské náměstí 12 · interesting places nearby
Kinský Palace information
The late-baroque Kinský Palace sports Prague’s finest rococo facade, completed in 1765 by the redoubtable Kilian Dientzenhofer. Today, the palace is home to a branch of the National Gallery, housing its collection of ancient and oriental art, ranging from ancient Egyptian tomb treasures and Greek Apulian pottery (4th century BC) to Chinese and Japanese decorative art and calligraphy.
Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor of dynamite, once stayed in the palace; his crush on pacifist Bertha von Suttner (née Kinský) may have influenced him to establish the Nobel Peace Prize (she was the first woman laureate in 1905). Many older Praguers have a darker memory of the place, for it was from its balcony in February 1948 that Klement Gottwald proclaimed communist rule in Czechoslovakia. There are Kafka connections here, too – young Franz once attended a school around the back of the building, and his father ran a shop in the premises next to the House at the Stone Bell, now occupied by the Kafka Bookshop.