For a short time in the 1920s this library housed the collections of the National Gallery. - www.kendelflaum.com.
Town Hall (2/2) by 0. Polvka, 1908-11, and to your left is the Municipal Library of 1926-30 (98/1) by F. Roith. For a short time in the 1920s this library housed the collections of the National Gallery. It still retains exhibition rooms for the Gallery's use. Turn into Husova Street and find on your right the wonderful faade of the Clam-Gallas Palace. The street is too narrow to take in the full glory of the design by Fischer von Erlach but the two doorways immediately make an impact, with their wonderful straining Hercules bent under the weight of the door entablature. Further decoration is of scenes from his Labours. The sculptures bear all the hallmarks of the Braun workshop and date from 1713-19. In fact, Braun was responsible for all the sculpture in this sumptuous palace. The present palace follows the ground plan of an earlier one built for the Margrave of Moravia, Jan Jindich, brother of Charles IV. It was originally designed for Johann Wenzel Gallas, a diplomat and viceroy of Naples who bought up neighbouring houses and