The house U Zlatého žaludu
The Burgher House U Zlatého žaludu (At the Golden Chestnut) was originally built for František Santini Aichl, the brother of the renowned architect Jan Blažej Santini Aichl. However, just a few years after its completion, the original owner passed away, and the Baroque villa was acquired by the Lobkowicz family, who renovated it and gifted it to Capuchin musicians. It is a preserved example of the original architecture in Nový Svět (New World) with a rural touch. Originally, this part of the city was considered rather impoverished, and the locals were often employed at Prague Castle. Since they didn’t have much money, they compensated for their poverty with the names of their dwellings. The chestnut is not the only thing in this area with the epithet “golden.” You can also find the House U Zlaté hvězdy (At the Golden Star), U Zlaté hrušky (At the Golden Pear), or U Zlatého beránka (At the Golden Lamb).