Author: Alex

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Václavské náměstí 825/27: Meran Hotel

The Meran Hotel, Wenceslas Square (formerly the Hotel Garni) was designed by Alois Dryák and Jan Letzel, and constructed between 1895 and 1906. Directly abutting on this building is another fine example of contemporary art nouveau work, the...

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Václavské náměstí 826/25: Grand Hotel Evropa

The Grand Hotel Evropa (originally the Archduke Stephen) on Wenceslas Square was built in 1889 according to a plan by Josef Schulz.  It was renovated in the Art Nouveau style between 1903 and 1905 by Bedřich Bendelmayer. Adjacent...

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Václavské náměstí 832/19

Currently the home of the H&M fashion store in Wenceslas Square, this grand neo-baroque building by Friedrich Ohmann and Osvald Polívka was at one time the headquarters of the Trieste-based insurers Assicurazioni Generali. Between 1 November 1907 and...

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Francouzská 966/33

Outside the immediate centre of Prague, the experimentation with neo-baroque styling becomes, if anything, more extravagant and florid. Many turn-of-the-century apartments along Francouzská (France Street) are laden with deeply-recessed pediments and cartouches, filled with heavy swags and flourishes...

House of the Stone Bell, Prague

Staroměstské náměstí 605/13: House of the Stone Bell

One of the earliest surviving domestic residences in the city is the exquisite Dům u kamenného zvonu (House of the Stone Bell) in the Old Town Square. The building’s name derives from the bell carved into a corner...

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Na Královce 508/3

Dating from 1908, this fine neo-baroque apartment building presents its beautifully-proportioned facade to the quiet street of Na Královce, adjacent to the Grébovka Villa. Since 2011, this house has been home to the offices of The Prague Vitruvius.

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Krymská 103/27

Relief of a young woman or angel with a cornucopia, representing plenty. The art nouveau sculpture appears on the facade of an otherwise relatively ordinary facade on Krymská (Crimea Street) in Vršovice

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Staroměstské náměstí 608/10

Arms of the City of Prague: ‘Gules, a tower, triple-towered or, in the open gateway an arm in armour embowed fesseways holding in the hand a sword in bend sinister, all proper.’ The arms, which appear on several...

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Celetná 562/20

Above a baroque lintel in the Old Town of Prague appears this inscription, dated 1773: ‘To him and those who come after him’ (‘postebis’ corrected to ‘posteris’). The building is now part of the Philosophical Faculty of Charles...