Podplukovníka Sochora 694/24

John of Luxembourg (King of Bohemia 1310-1346) is one of three rulers in this neo-renaissance frieze by the 19th-century painter Mikoláš Aleš. He is flanked by his successor Charles IV (King of Bohemia 1346-1378, Holy Roman Emperor), and Saint Wenceslas (Duke of Bohemia 921-935).

The house, completed in 1894 and a protected monument since 1977, is one of several in this part of the city on which Aleš collaborated with the architect Jan Zeyer, whose monogram can be seen in the cartouches on the roof.

The street on which this building stands is named after Lieutenant Colonel Antonín Sochor, a Czech legionnaire who was awarded the decoration ‘Hero of the Soviet Union’ for his actions in the defence of Kiev in 1943. In 1950 he was fatally wounded in a mysterious car accident, possibly the victim of an assassination.