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    Beautiful Art Nouveau

    by Manara Updated Nov 13, 2007

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    One of the best aspects of Prague is the mix of monuments and buildings from different times. One of the most interesting buildings, in the pedestrianised area of the Old Town, is the Municipal House. It was built at the beginning of the XX century and some of its beautiful decorations are by the famous Mucha, one of the masters of Art Nouveau.
    Inside there are a concert hall (Smetana Hall) and the restaurant Francouska Restaurace (see my restaurant tip).

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    Municipal House (Obecni dum)

    by vesna04 Updated Sep 22, 2007

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    Great arhitectual example of Art Nouveau with some beautiful frescos. It houses the biggest concert hall in Prague-Smetana Hall. There is an information desk on the ground flor as well as the great stylish restorant.

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    Obecni dum ( left wing and tower ).

    by hundwalder Updated Jul 22, 2007

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    No the left wing of Obecni dum is not where the liberal politicians assemble and argue with one another. This just means it is the wing left left of the main pavillion.

    Obecni dum represents Bohemian art nouveau architecture at its finest. Modified Baroque style roof facades were much a part of this architectural style. The architecture is very fascinating all of the way from the marble floors to the guilded fringe of the central dome. Excellent colorful mosaics and sculptures compliment the harmonious geometric shapes. The interior architecture and furnishings are even more impressive than the exterior. Note the roof detail and the roof windows that resemble curved solar panels. The building contains elegant restaurants, bars, conference rooms, and Smetana Hall, named for the great composer. Live entertainment is performed daily at Smetana Hall. Absorb the stunning beauty of the hall during the performances. I cannot comment on the entertainment because I did not partake of it. Photo #2 is a closeup view of the central dome and center portion of the building. It shows details of the mosaics and other artworks, as well as the beautiful crystal street lanterns that adorn the front of this magnificent home of the arts.

    This beautiful 100 year old Art Nouveau treasure is dressed in its finest while awaiting your visit.

    Obecni dum left wing Central dome and pavillion.
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    Obecni dum ( municipal house of culture ).

    by hundwalder Updated Jun 10, 2007

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    The most spectacular and lavish Art Nouveau building in Bohemia. Intricately decorated inside and out. Construction of Obecni dum began in 1905 under the watchful eye of the extravegent and free spending Habsburgs.

    The large stunning ceramic mosaic adorning the outside of the central dome is shown in photo #1. The two side wings which are symetrical about the central dome are offset at 20 degree angles from the plane of the main pavillion entranceway, giving the building its V shape. The roofs are elliptical and brilliantly detailed. The interior is a showcase of the best quality bohemian crystal chandeliers. The stained glass windows are superb. Excellent craftsmanship is evident throughout. Photo #2 shows a greater portion of the building. The building in the background is a posh hotel that I do not know the name of. Sorry, but old hund is ignorant about the subject of high class hotels. Obecni dum is probably the greatest Art Nouveau masterpiece in Czechia.

    Stop for a meal or drink in the elegant restaurant and bar. If the prices do not agree with you, as was the case with old hund, you can buy some excellent cold Czech pivo ( beer ) and deli treats at the Mustek Metro station supermarket, take a one minute subway ride to Namesti Republiky, and enjoy this masterpiece from the outside. The african immigrants dressed in Mozart garb will sell you tickets to the many live performances held in Smetana Hall, which is a combination concert hall and ballroom.

    Don't miss it. Located in Namesty Republiky, and just a short and scenic stroll from old town or Wenceslas Square. Don't worry ; you can take the Metro to Namesty Republiky station if you don't want to walk. It is directly across the street. However, I recommend that you walk from old town. There are many interesting places and fascinating people to see and meet along the way.

    Obecni dum in its Easter finery Obecni dum complex
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    A perfect example of Art Nouveau

    by Zuzka Updated May 27, 2007

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    Municipal House is another Art Nouveau jewel in Prague. A very nice building (have a look inside!). There are exposition rooms, a big concert hall etc.
    If you have just a little time or do not want to visit the whole building you can just have a look around the ground floor. After the entrance door turn left. There is a small cafeteria and gift shop. It will give you an idea about how the building is decorated.

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    Obecní dùm

    by Helga67 Updated Jan 21, 2007

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    Next to the Powder Gate stands a wonderful Art Nouveau building. It's the Municipal house. It houses the biggest concert hall in Prague. Above the main entrance there is a huge mosaic “Homage to Prague“ by Karel Špillar.
    Municipal House also houses a café and French restaurant with beautiful decoration.

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    Obecni Dum: the interior

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Dec 17, 2006

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    The interior of the Town House is very nice. To visit them you must follow a guided tour and you can see about a dozen of rooms made by Alfons Mucha. Very nice is the Smetana Room the biggest concert hall of all Prague.
    In this building has been proclaimed the Republic on 28th October 1918.

    Town House: the interior
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    Obecni Dum

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Dec 17, 2006

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    The Town House is one of the most beautiful buildings of Prague, with fantastic interior built in Art Nouveau style and a wonderful facade.
    This building was built between 1906 and 1912 to compete with the German architecture. More than 30 Czech artists worked to this project.

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    Municipal House

    by MLW20 Written Oct 25, 2006

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    We didn't go into the Municipal House but passed it every day. It is a really ncie building to see in the Art Nouveau style.

    Inside there is a concert hall, two restaurants, a cafe etc... You can also take a tour.

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    Art Nouveau Masterpiece ( 2 photos)

    by nicolaitan Written Oct 17, 2006

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    The Municipal Hall is located at Nam Republicky near the Powder Tower, a staging area for many guided tours, and therefore worth examining while waiting. The Art Nouveau styling was most popular around the beginning of the 20th Century, more a concept than an architectural style. It emphasized free-flowing and often asymmetric lines based on plants and apparently the female silhouette, loose and natural rather than rigid. This building is on the site of a former Royal Palace and was constructed between 1905-11. The arched windows, outer gold trimmings, and central gold mosaic are quite striking. Inside is the largest concert hall in Prague as well as paintings by many Czech artists, the best known Alfons Mucha. At the front is the famous French Restaurant, upscale and expensive, with detailed prix fixe menus up to $90 US pp.

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    Obecni dum

    by lina112 Written Aug 2, 2006

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    Is the most spectacular and beautiful building in Prague, is situated in the old royal court place, site of the Bohemian Kings since 1383 until 1483 (when king Vladislav II moved to Prague Castle). On the top of the main entrance there is a beautiful mosaic made by checs artist Mucha. There is a visited guide where it shows the most splendids lounges, theater and dinning rooms.

    Es el edificio mas espectacular y bonito de Praga, esta situado en el lugar de la antigua corte, sede de los reyes de Boheia desde 1383 hasta 1483 (cuando el rey Vladislav II se mudó al castillo de Praga). En la parte de arriba de la entrada principal se puede contemplar el mosaico hecho por el artista checo Mucha. Hay visitas guiadas donde te enseñan el teatro, salones y comedores.

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    The municipal House - Obecni dum

    by LanaFromRiga Written May 28, 2006

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    It is very impressive building in modernism style (my favourite after baroque :-)). The interiour of the municipal house made by most famous Czech painters of the start of 20 century. Most famous of them is A.Mucha.

    The municipal house
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    Prague’s Art Nouveau masterpiece

    by Orbital_ Written Feb 18, 2006

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    Obecni Dum is certainly of Prague’s most Beautiful buildings and that’s saying something in a city overflowing with stunning architecture. Built between 1906 and 1912 this is Prague’s Art Nouveau masterpiece. Every feature of the building, the interior and exterior, features intricate detail designed by the leading architects of the period. Even if you don’t have the time or the money to undertake a (expensive) tour of the inside, it’s worth standing outside to marvel for several minutes and then taking a peek inside the entrance hall at least.

    As usual photos don't the places justice really...
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    Listen a concert here

    by ozalp Written Feb 10, 2006

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    At the very first night of our arrival, we were there for listening a classical music concert. Don't do this. I mean the time was wrong because we were tired. But it is not wise to miss this kind of activities in this living city.

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    Municipal House (Obecni Dum)

    by sue_stone Written Dec 29, 2005

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    Municipal House (Obecni Dum)

    Municipal House is an Art Nouveau gem located in the Old Town. The facade is pretty impressive and we were equally awed by most of the interior as well, which was completed around 1911.

    These days it is home to the Prague Symphony Orchestra, who perform in the biggest concert hall in town, Smetana Hall. You will also find exhibition halls, shops, an 'American' bar and three restaurants.

    We had breakfast one day in the more relaxed Kavarna Obecni Dum, located on the ground floor - you can see in from the street. The food was nothing special, but the café is spectacular - lots of marble, big mirrors and those chandeliers!! At least stick your head in and have a look.

    Kavarna Obecni Dum (Cafe) Municipal House Kavarna Obecni Dum Chandelier in Kavarna Obecni Dum Kavarna Obecni Dum
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