Municipal Hall 3.7 rating

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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

 http://www.nrpraha.cz

Municipal Hall and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge(1.4 km)
The Charles Bridge (Karlův Most) connects the Old Town with Lesser Town.

Child Jesus of Prague

Child Jesus of Prague(1.5 km)
The famous statue of Child Jesus of Prague can be seen in the Church of Our Lady Victorious of Discalced Carmelite Order in Karmelitská Street.

Jan Hus monument

Jan Hus monument(1.1 km)
That striking man standing atop a patina-green metal mountain in the center of Old Town Square is not Jesus, though he resembles him.

Old Town Square

Old Town Square(1 km)
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.

Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square(0.6 km)
Václavské náměstí is a wide boulevard running down from the National Museum and it's crammed with bars, restaurants and casinos.

Petrin Hill

Petrin Hill(1.8 km)
This hillside slopes down from the Castle and Strahov Monastery to Mala Strana and Malostranske namesti metro station.

U Medvidku Beer Hall

U Medvidku Beer Hall(0.5 km)
Traditional Czech microbrewery and beer hall dating back to 1466.

Rudolfinum

Rudolfinum(1.4 km)
Neo-Renaissance style music auditorium.

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