Curiosities of Prague!!

Here i go again the deeper I look the more gems I find! I have written on Prague before in my blog and several posts, however, feel left some nice monuments out. This is a post to give credit to these wonderful architecture gems of Prague and tell you a bit more about them. Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Municipal House is a architectural complex belonging to the city of Prague. It brings together a concert hall dedicated to Bedřich Smetana, an exhibition space, reception rooms, a café and an Art Nouveau-style restaurant on the ground floor, a cocktail bar, a brasserie and a dance hall in the basement.

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The Municipal House was built between 1905 and 1912, Under a copper dome, the pediment of the building is dominated by an impressive mosaic on a cardboard by Karel Špillar. Two “V” wings, the base of which would be the main entrance, frame the concert hall known as “Salle Smetana” in honor of the musician Bedřich Smetana. It can accommodate 1200 listeners and is used, among other things, for concerts as part of the Prague Spring Festival, The Municipal House was completely restored between 1994 and 1997.

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Originally, on the site of the Municipal House, was the Royal Palace of the Sovereigns of Bohemia, the construction of which was undertaken in 1380 by Wenceslaus IV and which served for a century, from 1383 to 1484, as the main residence of the kings. of Bohemia, Sigismund I, Ladislas the Posthumous, George of Poděbrady before Vladislas IV Jagiello returned to Prague Castle. It is, symbolically, from the balcony of the Municipal House that on October 28, 1918, the independence of the country was proclaimed and the creation of the First Czechoslovak Republic. It was also within its walls that, following the Velvet Revolution, negotiations took place between representatives of the Civic Forum, headed by Václav Havel (later first President of Free Czech Republic) and those of the Czechoslovak Communist Party.

The official Municipal House of Praguehttps://www.obecnidum.cz/index.php?language=en&ceid=k915es4mkf2ld7du92rtipj74r

The Prague tourist office on the Municipal Househttps://www.prague.eu/en/object/places/417/municipal-house-obecni-dum?back=1

The National Gallery of Prague is the Czech museum , which houses the national art collections from Antiquity to the 21C.  The story goes that on February 5, 1796, the Society of Nationalist Friends of Fine Arts was created in Prague. Its initial members are mainly the representatives of the great Czech noble families who give it part of their collections of Baroque paintings. The Society founded an Academy of Fine Arts and a Gallery of Paintings open to the public. In 1902, the Emperor Franz Joseph added the Modern Gallery of the Kingdom of Bohemia to collect the Czech art of the 20C, In 1919, the Painting Gallery became de facto the museum institution of the new Czechoslovak state.

The collections of the National Gallery cover all eras and are distributed among various buildings, historical monuments and specialized repositories according to the era:

Saint Agnes Convent – ancient art collections (Middle Ages in Bohemia and Central Europe)
Saint-Georges cloister – collections of ancient art (mannerism under Rudolph II and baroque art)
Kinský Palace – the Czech landscape from the 17C to the 20C.
Šternberk Palace – European art from antiquity to the present day.
Exhibition Palace (Veletržní palác) – Fine Arts of the 19C and 20C.
Stables of Prague Castle and Stables of Wallenstein Palace – temporary exhibitions.
House of the Black Madonna – Museum of Czech Cubism.
Zbraslav Castle – collections of Asian and Oriental arts.

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The official National Gallery of Praguehttps://www.ngprague.cz/en

The Prague tourist office on the national galleryhttps://www.prague.eu/en/object/places/3055/national-gallery-prague-narodni-galerie-praha?back=1

The Wax Museum (Tussauds) has its address in Prague’s Old Town, where visitors can meet their favorite heroes, artists and other celebrities face to face. The exhibition is extensive, it is divided into several floors and thematic sections.

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In the first, those interested will get acquainted with important figures of the Czech Middle Ages, including Charles IV. or Rudolf II. This is followed by well-known personalities of cultural and political life – President T. G. Masaryk, writer Karel Čapek or Dobrý voják Švejk.  Whoever prefers sports, both Czech and world, will be pleased, not only by the manikin of Jaromír Jágr. The cultural and musical world is represented by the Dalai Lama, Karel Gott or Tina Turner or Mick Jagger, and there is also a section dedicated to important dictators – Adolf Hitler, Mao Zedong, Klement Gottwald or Stalin.

The official Wax Museum of Praguehttp://madametussaudsprague.cz/en/history/

The Prague tourist office on the wax museumhttps://www.prague.eu/en/object/places/3521/madame-tussauds-prague?back=1

There you go folks, another set of dandy monuments in pretty Prague, Czech Republic! A wonderful city to walk and see the beautiful architecture and history; hope you have enjoy the post as i.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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