Category: art nouveau

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Košická 229/23 & 71/21

A fine set of early twentieth-century apartments in Vršovice, near the border with Vinohrady. The style combines the architectural language of the neo-baroque with decorative elements of art nouveau.

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Náměstí Republiky 1090/5: Municipal House

The Municipal House (Obecní dům) was built between 1905 and 1912 on the site of the former Royal Court as an official centre for Czech social and cultural affairs. When an open competition for its design produced no...

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Staroměstské náměstí: Jan Hus Memorial

This monumental bronze of the religious reformer Master Jan Hus – flanked by victorious troops of the 15th century Hussite wars but also by the exiled protestants of the 17th century Thirty Years’ War – was begun by...

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Trojická 386/1

These attractive balconies decorate the facade of one of a range of apartments constructed in the district of Podskalí following the devastating flood of 1890. The memorial bust on the corner of the building commemorates the artist and...

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Na poříčí 1072/15: Hotel Imperial

The Hotel Imperial was built on the site of the former Black Eagle in 1913-14 by Jaroslav Benedikt, but better known than the art deco building is its art nouveau café, whose interior is covered in hand-made majolica...

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Vršovické náměstí 67/8: Civic Savings Bank

The art nouveau Občanská Záložna (Civic Savings Bank) in Vršovice dates from 1911 to 1912. The principal architect was Antonín Balšánek, whose name is grandly inscribed in the vestibule along with those of the supervising committee and the...

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Slovenská 2499/4

This extraordinary facade is the entrance to an art nouveau studio built between 1908 and 1911 by Ladislav Šaloun (1870-1946), the Czech sculptor whose main claim to fame is the memorial to Jan Hus in Prague’s Old Town...

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U Havlíčkových sadů 1526/7

Details from the facade of a splendid range of town houses perched on the southern edge of Vinohrady overlooking the grounds of the Grebovka villa and the Nusle valley beyond. The particular signature of the architect Edvard Paroubek...

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U Havlíčkových sadů 422/1

Delicate ironwork grilles such as this one form the balconies of several of the magnificent art nouveau apartment buildings which border the northern side of Havlíčkový Sady. This house in the late art nouveau style dates from 1911-12,...

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Spot the spider on the facade of this beautifully-decorated art nouveau house in Vinohrady. The use of spiders in art varies widely: they can be emblems of fate and deception, or of thrift and industry. In its most...