Category: art nouveau

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Karlova 178/22

This outstanding art nouveau facade designed by the architect Osvald Polívka was restored in 2005, exactly a hundred years after its completion. The sculpture of a girl with a harp surrounded by doves – described by the City...

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Lesnická 1155/8

This flying art nouveau figure from 1907 looks like an allegorical representation of vanity: she is holding a mirror after all, and her floating cloak seems to be impossibly thin and insubstantial. But the clue is in the...

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Náměstí 14. r̆íjna 83/15: Smíchov market hall

The coat-of-arms of Smichov appear in the art nouveau gable of Alois Čenský’s Smíchov market-hall (1906-1909). Superimposed on the arms of Prague are two small inscutcheons: one shows the double-tailed lion of Bohemia, the other a silver tower...

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Mělnická 624/4

One of the most commonly-found motifs of the art nouveau period is the combination of a representative female head surrounded by branches and leaves of the linden tree. This collection of national symbols took on particular significance in...

U Rotta, Prague

Malé náměstí 142/3: U Rotta

The foundations and surviving romanesque cellars of this substantial property on Malé náměstí (Small town square) date from the second half of the 12th century. Five hundred years later, the house — now known by the name ‘The Three...

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Staroměstské náměstí 552/16

Facade of A. Storch and Son, Bookseller and Publisher, built in the neo-gothic style in 1896 on the site of the former 15th-century Marshall’s House. The mural is by Láda Novák after a design by Mikoláš Aleš; the...

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Na Václavce 1078/30: Vila Helenka

The Vila Helenka was designed and built in 1903 by the architect Alois Korda for his own use. An outstanding, if quirky, example of Art Nouveau sgraffito, the facade was refurbished with a grant from the city of...

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Ostrčilovo náměstí 518/1: U Bivoje

The bas-relief on this house of 1910 depicts the legend of Bivoj and the Wild Boar, first recounted in the 14th century ‘Dalimil Chronicle’, the earliest work in the Czech language. The hero Bivoj singlehandedly knocks out the...

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Trojická 1449/4

The deep moulding of this art nouveau doorway in Prague’s New Town is particularly striking in slanting evening light. In the allegory above the lintel, assorted putti fight and play around a linden tree, the national symbol of...

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Trojická 397/18: U Prasátků

Art-nouveau religious murals by Adolf Liebscher adorn the decorative facade of this house in Prague’s New Town. Constructed in 1894 by and for Rudolf Tereba,  the house is known as ‘U Prasátků’, after a former dwelling on the...