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Prague Castle Picture Gallery

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Hrad II. nádvoří , 11900 Praha 1

Winter Season: 9am - 4pm

Summer Season: 9am - 6pm

+ 420 224 371 111

Adults: 150Kč ($6.81)

Concessions: 80Kč ($3.63)

Family: 200Kč ($9.08)

Children under 6: Free

Free admission every Monday from 4pm until 6pm.

Tram 1 Tram 22 Tram 8 Tram 18 Tram 20 to Pražský hrad (323yds)
Tram 12 Tram 20 Tram 22 to Malostranské náměstí (548yds)
Tram 2 Tram 8 Tram 20 to Prašný most (557yds)

The Picture Gallery is located in the northern part of Prague Castle, in an area which used to serve as the stables for the Spanish horses of Rudolf II.

This extensive and valued collection was originally put together by Rudolf II in the late 1500s and, at the time, was considered the largest collection of artworks in Europe.

Unfortunately, little of the original collection is left but, since Rudolf's time, many more valuable art pieces have been added. In 2001, two pictures painted at the time of Rudolf's reign were added to the collection. The artwork collection reflects the changing trends in art throughout the centuries.

In total there are approximately one hundred and seven paintings on permanent display with up to 4000 pieces either in storage or scattered elsewhere about the castle.

The art works have come from all over Europe including Italy, Germany, and Holland and there is also a rich selection of Baroque and Czech art from the 19th century. Some of the famous artists' work on display includes Rubens, Brandl and Tizian.

The picture gallery has undergone several restorations during its lifetime, with art historians directing the major work prior to its opening to the public in 1965. It underwent further restoration in 1991.

A visit to Prague Castle is a must for any tourist and should include a tour of the beautifully restored Picture Gallery.


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