Úvoz 161/22: U zrcadla

Madonna and Child with the attributes of Justice: stucco decoration on the facade of the house ‘U zrcadla’ (The Mirror), dating from 1729. Enthroned beneath a gilded baldachin, the Queen of Heaven cradles the Christ child. He holds...


Prague Castle: Matthias Gate

‘D[ominus] Matthias El[ectus] Rom[anus] Imp[erator] S[emper] Aug[ustus] Hung[ariae] Boh[emiae] Rex etc. F[ieri] F[ecit] An[n]o MDCXIV’ ‘Master Matthias, elected Roman Emperor, forever August, King of Hungary, Bohemia etc., ordered this to be built in the year 1614’. Actually, he...


Martinská 8: Church of Saint Martin-in-the-Wall

Neo-classical pediment attached to the gothic north wall of the church of Saint Martin-in-the-Wall in Prague’s Old Town. The inscription, ‘The generous piety of his Servants renovated [this church] to God their Protector’, conceals a chronogram giving the...


Hradčanské náměstí 56/16: Archbishop’s Palace

The Italian Giovanni Battista Aliprandi is usually thought of as the architect of this building, but Dijon-born architect Jean Baptiste Mathey (responsible for the design of several major buildings in Prague, including Troja Chateau to the north of...


Cathedral of Saint Vitus: South Tower and Golden Gate

The south range of the Cathedral of Saint Vitus in Prague Castle is dominated by the so-called Golden Gate (Zlatá Brána). This ceremonial facade, commissioned by Charles IV in 1370, is covered in a priceless mosaic depicting the...


Malostranské náměstí: Cathedral of Saint Nicholas

The monumental cathedral of Saint Nicholas was begun in the late 1670s as the centrepiece of the recatholicization of Bohemia following the Thirty Years’ War. In 1702 the great Prague architect Kryštof Dientzenhofer took over the project, finishing...


Na Dionysce 1717/2

One of four friezes depicting ancient Olympic disciplines (discus, javelin and shot put) decorates the facade of this house on the corner of Zelená and Na Dionysce – aptly named after the Greek god Dionysus. The companion pieces...


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...


Svatoslavova 589/9

‘Ave Maria!’: bas-relief in a geometric art-nouveau frame adorns the facade of this townhouse in the southern suburb of Nusle.