Grömling Palace (At the Stone Table, At the Lobster) - Malostranské Square 28/5, Lesser Town
Malostranské Square 28/5, Lesser Town
A large palace in the centre of the Lesser Town Square stands in place of four older houses which were developed from small shops in the 16th century; after 1772 the complex of buildings was unified during a late Baroque reconstruction according to a plan of J. Jäger. The façade is in Rococo style. There are mythological statues by I. F. Platzer on the attic. Between 1858 and 1919 a large statue of Austrian field marshall J. J. V. Radecký of Radeč by J. Max and E. Max, designed by Ch. Ruben, used to stand right in front of the palace where the tram stop is now (at present time the statue is stored in the Lapidarium of the National Museum). Later it was replaced by a statue of French historian and expert on Czech history E. Denis, removed in 1940 and melted down for war purposes. Since 1874 a renowned coffee house has been located there; it used to be called Radetzky Café, then Malostranská kavárna (Lesser Town Coffee House) and now it has a very cosmopolitan name Square Malostranská kavárna.