In the year of 1969, a unique cultural establishment, the Gallery of Classical Art (Galerie antického umění) was opened in the historic and architecturally rich town of Hostinné, which is situated at the base of the Krkonoše Mountains. The gallery is located in the Franciscan monastery’s church, which was built in the years 1743 – 1745 as an extension of an original renaissance building, dating from the end of the 16th century. The exhibits are the core of a significant collection, that was started in the 18th century and is centred at Charles University in Prague. The collection consists of the exact copies, taken straight from the originals, which were given a special patina, recalling authentic materials, colour and structure. The superb collection gives, along with a full artistic experience, a complete picture of the development of classical sculptures from the end of the 7th century BC to the 2nd century AD. The value of the collection is enhanced by retaining a faithful resemblance of some lost or missing specimens (the portraits of Vilonius, M. U. Traian and Homer). Showcased are also some unique reconstructions of statues and sculptures, which were not preserved in their entirety. Their parts have been dispersed to various museums and galleries throughout the world (e.g. the Sculpture Invitation to Dance).