A highlight of any visit to the Czech Republic is the opportunity to see stunning Baroque palaces, castles and elegant homes.
Like Austria, France, England, Denmark, Hungary and Germany, the cities and towns of the Czech Republic are rich with both Baroque and Rococo architecture.
Notable examples include buildings at Valtice, Mnichovo Hradiste, Austerlitz, Nove Hrady and Prague.
The Moravian region of the Czech Republic, for example, is known as a treasure trove of Baroque style.
Baroque architecture was the most popular building style of the late 16th century, characterised by dramatic use of light; opulent use of colour and ornaments; striking ceiling frescoes and eye-catching central point.
Some of the finest Baroque examples in the Czech Republic include the Pilgrimage Church of Saint John of Nepomuk, at Zelena Hora; the Karla Koruna Chateau, at Chlumec and Cidlkinon; and the Holy Trinity Column at Olomouc.
There are also many fine examples in Prague’s Old Town area, including the Golz-Kinsky Palace, a Rococo building dating to about 1765 – and now the seat of the National Gallery.
With a rich stucco exterior, painted pink and white, the Golz-Kinsky Palace is a Czech national cultural monument.
The building – on Prague’s Old Town Square – was rebuilt between 1995 and 2000. Kinských library was reconstructed and precious and highly protected Romanesque and Gothic cellars were opened to the public.
When we last visited the palace, an Information centre had been established to explain the significance of the National Gallery – and the front wing of the lovely building had been established as exhibition space.
We’ll highlight more wonderful Baroque buildings in the Czech Republic over coming weeks.