Category: contemporary

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Karlovo náměstí Metro

Part of the enormous (and shamefully ill-lit) mosaic depicting the life and times of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor, designed by the painter and illustrator Radomír Kolář. Among Charles’s greatest achievements was the foundation of the university which...

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Staroměstské náměstí 548/20

‘Here, in the salon of Mrs Berta Fanta, Albert Einstein, Professor at Prague University in 1911 to 1912, founder of the Theory of Relativity, Nobel prize winner, played the violin and met his friends, famous writers Max Brod...

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Operation Anthropoid Monument

2012 marked the seventieth anniversary of one of the most daring and courageous acts undertaken against the Nazi regime. Operation Anthropoid was a mission carried out by Czechoslovak parachutists trained by the British SOE (Special Operations Executive) between...

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Nuselský Most (Nusle Bridge)

Since the nineteenth century, various solutions had been proposed for a bridge to link central Prague with the southern suburb of Pankrác, spanning the third-of-a-mile-wide Botič valley. Architects Stanislav Bechyně and Bohumír Kozák produced an elegant triple arch...

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Pobřežní 665/21

The Prague architectural firm DaM, founded in 1990 by Richard Doležal and Petr Malinský, has been entrusted with some of the most radical changes to the city’s urban landscape in recent years. One of their most striking new...

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Rašínovo nábřeží 1981/80: ‘Dancing House’

Situated on the right bank of the Vltava close to the National Theatre, this striking piece of contemporary design is the work of the award-winning Canadian architect Frank Gehry, in collaboration with Zagreb-born Vlado Milunić. On its completion...

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Technická 2710/6: National Technical Library

The design for the new National Technical Library was conceived in 2000 by a team of young architects – Roman Brychta, Adam Halíř, Ondřej Hofmeister and Petr Lešek – following the decision to transfer the collection of 1.2...

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Jana Masaryka 165/22

Jan Masaryk was born in 1886 at the Villa Osvěta in Vinohrady. The third child of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, the first president of Czechoslovakia, Jan acted as ambassador to London from 1925, and as Foreign Minister of the...

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Bělehradská 299/132

The curved steel and glass frontage of the Generali Insurance building (Martin Kotik, 1993-4) reflects the neo-baroque facade of the Deminka Palace hotel on neighbouring Škrétova street (1886)

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Malostranské náměstí 4/27

‘Ernest Denis, French-born Slavic scholar and historian, lived in Prague from 1872-1874’. As the pre-eminent French expert in Czech history, Nîmes-born Ernest Denis was one of the key supporters of the First Republic (1918-1938). He was honoured in...