Category: contemporary

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Expo 58 Pavilion, Letenské sady 1500/80

On the eastern slopes of Letná hill, overlooking the Vltava, this unusual modernist pavilion looks as if it has been teleported from some future time into its present location. In actual fact that’s not far off the truth....

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Náměstí Míru: ‘Girl with a Dove’

On its plain white pedestal, the graceful ‘Dívka s holubicí’ (Girl with a Dove) by sculptor Jiří Kryštůfek is a strikingly elegant work of public art.  The simplicity of the piece conceals the skilful artistry by which the...

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Náměstí Míru: Memorial to Josef and Karel Čapek

Prague is a city full of stories of artificial human beings, from the Golem, a mud-man devised by the 16th century Rabbi Loew to protect the Jewish community, to the bizarrely mummified remains of Klement Gottwald, the first...

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Praha-Bubny Railway Station

The first trains passed through this northern suburb of Prague in 1850, but it was not until 1873 that a station was constructed to service the coal industry that had grown up in the loop of the Vltava....

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Náměstí Winstona Churchilla

In 1999, this statue of the British statesman and wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill was unveiled by Margaret Thatcher in the square in Prague that has borne his name since the Velvet Revolution. Hunched and broad-shouldered, it captures...

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Praha hlavní nádraží: Sir Nicholas Winton

Nicholas Winton’s humanitarian work in saving hundreds of Jewish children from the grim certainty of the Holocaust came to light only in 1988. But in the years since, thanks to the efforts of the Slovak film maker Matej...

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Mahlerovy sady 2699/1: Žižkov TV tower

The first television signals in Prague were transmitted from Petřín Hill in 1953. By 1974, however, there was a clear need for a purpose-built high-power transmitter, and plans started to be drawn up for a replacement. The result,...

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Archivní 2257/4: National Archive

The new National Archive was constructed between 1994 and 1997 to a plan by the architect Iva Knappová. The bold decoration of its ceramic surface lends a certain fluidity to the building’s otherwise forbidding exterior: and its pattern,...

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Vrchlického sady: President Woodrow Wilson

The collapse of the Austro-Hungarian empire in 1918 saw the emergence of a number of independent European nation-states, of which Czechoslovakia was one. Instrumental in the creation of the new republic was the then president of the United...