The Palffy Palace - but which one?
There are two Palffy Palaces in Bratislava and that is a reason for many misunderstandings. How to get to the City Gallery of Bratislava? It is situated in the Palffy Palace at Panska Street.
The Palffy Palace was reconstructed and archaeologically surveyed in 1981 - 1987. The most significant finding consisted in cast moulds of the period of Celtic colonization, proving existence of a Celtic mint in the territory of the city. There is the permanent exposition of the Celtic ironwork and minting in the Palffy Palace.
Behind the facade in rigid classicist style there is a building of the 40ies of the 19th century, whose historic roots date from the 13th century. At that time, a Gothic palace with a tower and battlement occupied this site. In the first third of the 19th century, the manor house was under the ownership of the family of Hungarian primate Jan Palffy, who had it reconstructed. After its reconstruction, the palace was ceremoniously made accessible to Bratislava public.
The City Gallery of Bratislava utilizes the palace since 1988 for introducing its collections – Gothic Painting and Sculpture, 19th Central European Painting and Sculpture. The Passage by Slovak artist Matej Kren is also a part of the permanent exhibition.
The other palace in Bratislava with the same name is situated at Zamocka Street. It was named after Marshal Leopold Palffy and was built in about 1747.