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Most Legií: Bridge of the Legions

Most Legií: Bridge of the Legions

These copper-domed turrets, recently restored, were originally toll-booths for the nine-span stone bridge constructed between 1898 and 1901 and named after the first emperor of Austria, Franz I. Designed by the architect Antonín Balšánek to replace an earlier...

Národní 223/2: National Theatre

Národní 223/2: National Theatre

A theatre was planned for this riverbank site as early as 1844, but it was not until 1862 that the first National Theatre (Národní Divadlo) appeared, in the form of a neo-classical building designed by Ignác Vojtěch Ullmann....

Masarykovo nábřeží 248/16, Hlahol building

Masarykovo nábřeží 248/16, Hlahol building

This art nouveau house on the right bank of the Vltava was built between 1903 and 1905 for the Prague choral society ‘Hlahol’ – whose name means something like ‘clamour’ or ‘peal’. The interior is decorated with a...

Prague Castle: Spanish Hall

Prague Castle: Spanish Hall

Conceived in the late 1500s by the architect Giovanni Gargioli and completed in 1602-8 by Giovanni Maria Filippi, the Spanish Hall (Španělský sál) is one of the most impressive of Prague Castle’s state rooms. Named after the Spanish...

Dukelských hrdinů 530/47: Veletržní Palác

Dukelských hrdinů 530/47: Veletržní Palác

The Veletržní Palác (Trade Fair Palace) was built according to plans by Josef Fuchs and Oldřich Tyl between 1925 and 1928, and was a source of great interest to – among others – Le Corbusier. It fulfilled its...

Vozová 1567/8: U Severní Točny

Vozová 1567/8: U Severní Točny

To reach the North Pole became a worldwide obsession in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The American Robert Peary’s arrival there on 6 April 1909 made international headlines, and could well be the explanation for the...

Náměstí Míru: Church of Saint Ludmila

Náměstí Míru: Church of Saint Ludmila

Saint Ludmila, to whom the basilica in Náměstí Míru is dedicated, was the grandmother of ‘Good King’ Wenceslas I. She it was who brought up the future ruler, instructing him in language and literature and of course the...

Náměstí Svatopluka Čecha: Church of Saint Wenceslas

Náměstí Svatopluka Čecha: Church of Saint Wenceslas

In 1929, to commemorate the millennial of the martyrdom of St Wenceslas, three major commissions were undertaken for the Catholic Church in Prague. The cathedral of St Vitus – begun in the 14th century – was completed, along...

Průhledová 1804/6

Průhledová 1804/6

In the early 1930s, a group of Prague architects, inspired by the Bauhaus movement (and particularly by the Stuttgart Weissenhofsiedlung of 1927), decided to set up a similar model housing estate in the neighbourhood of Baba, a high...