The Obecní dům was built near the Powder Tower (a storage place for gunpowder and a major trade route entry into the city) on a site called King's Court where once a royal residence stood

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Municipal Hall, Prague

The Obecní dům was built near the Powder Tower (a storage place for gunpowder and a major trade route entry into the city) on a site called King's Court where once a royal residence stood.

The Obecní dům was built near the Powder Tower (a storage place for gunpowder and a major trade route entry into the city) on a site called King's Court where once a royal residence stood. In 1901, the Prague Civic Society made a proposal to city authorities to build a center for official and social Czech events. As happened so many other times in recent Prague history, the Czechs were trying to balance the grand buildings erected by the German-speaking community of Prague with suitable edifices of their own. The 'German House' (now co-opted and renamed Slovanský dům, or Slavic House, on Na Příkopě street) and a German casino were enough to make the Czechs want a place of their own.Lovers of Art Nouveau should bless the memories of the Prague Civic Society's officials, because the Obecní dům would become one of the most beautiful examples of Art Nouveau in Prague, filled with artwork by the best Czech artists of the day. Neo-Baroque, neo-Renaissance, Western and Oriental influences – all combined with traditional Czech Art Nouveau. This is what makes the Obecnàdum unique among many beautiful examples of Art Nouveau public buildings in Prague. While the exterior is impressive, the interior is both finely crafted and educational. Almost every prominent living Czech artist worked on the Obecní dům. Painters Mikoláš Aleš, Václav Jansa, Alfons Mucha, Jakub Obrovský, Jan Preisler, Josef Wenig, Karel Spillar, Max Švabinský, Josef Ullman, František Zenoek, and the sculptors Josef Maratka, Josef Václav Myslbek, Karel Novak, Ladislav Šaloun, František Uprka, Bohumil Kafka and Čeněk Vosmík carved out an astounding backdrop for the many historical events that would transpire here. Though their contributions are not conspicuously noted, in some cases (such as Alfons Mucha's Mayoral Hall) it is obviously which artist decorated what room.


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About Municipal Hall

 Charles Square 1/23, Prague 2-New Town, Czech Republic

 +420 224 948 229

 [email protected]

 www.nrpraha.cz

Municipal Hall and Nearby Sights on Map

U Medvidku Beer Hall

Traditional Czech microbrewery and beer hall dating back to 1466

Botanical Garden of the Charles University

Botanical garden of the Charles University with valuable outdoor exhibition and a collection of tropical plants in greenhouses

Astronomical Clock

The Astronomical Clock located on a side tower of the Old Town Hall (reasonably enough, on Old Town Square) is easy to find - just wait until a few minutes before the hour and look for a large group of tourists standing around waiting for something to happen! It also one of the most popular gathering places in Prague

Emmaus Monastery

Founded for a Slavonic Benedictine order in 1347, the original construction was almost destroyed in World War II and has since been restored

Old Town Square

The Old Town Square is the center of Prague's eventful history, dating back to the 12th century when it started out as the central marketplace

Jan Hus monument

That striking man standing atop a patina-green metal mountain in the center of Old Town Square is not Jesus, though he resembles him

Wenceslas Square

Václavské náměstí is a wide boulevard running down from the National Museum and it's crammed with bars, restaurants and casinos

The Dancing House

The Rasin Building is the work of the twentieth century architect Frank Gehry, and is said to be shaped like a man and a woman dancing; hence its former name 'Fred and Ginger'

Bethlehem Chapel

Medieval religious building where Jan Hus, the reformer used to preach

Prague National Theatre