Municipal House

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Obecní dům
The mosaic above the entrance of the Municipal House
Detail of stained glass decorating on the outside of the Municipal House
Smetana Hall in Municipal House
Gallery of the Smetana Hall
A jugend sculpture at the right side of the stage of the Smetana Hall
Interior from the cafè of the Municipal House

Municipal House (Czech: Obecní dům) is a civic building that houses Smetana Hall, a celebrate concert venue, in Prague, Czech Republic. Its address is Náměstí Republiky 5, next to the Powder Gate in the center of the city.

History[edit]

The Royal Court palace used to be located on the site of the Municipal House. From 1383 until 1485 the King of Bohemia lived on the property. After 1485, it was abandoned.[1] It was demolished in the early 20th century. Construction of the current building started in 1905.[1] It opened in 1912.[citation needed] The building was designed by Osvald Polívka and Antonín Balšánek.[1]

The Municipal House was the location of the Czechoslovak declaration of independence.[1]

Architecture and art[edit]

The building is of the Art Nouveau architecture style. The building exterior has allegorical art and stucco. There is a mosaic called Homage to Prague by Karel Špillar over the entrance.[1] On either side are allegorical sculpture groups representing The Degradation of the People and The Resurrection of the People by Ladislav Šaloun.[citation needed] Smetana Hall serves as a concert hall and ballroom. It has a glass dome.[1] There is artwork by Alfons Mucha,[1] Jan Preisler and Max Švabinský, too.[citation needed]

Today[edit]

Today, the building is used as concert hall, ballroom, civic building, and as the location of cafes and restaurants. Many of the rooms in the building are closed to the public and open only for guided tours.[1]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Turp, Craig (2012). DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Prague. London: DK Travel. ISBN 0756683998. 

Sources[edit]

  • Peter Cannon-Brookes Czech Sculpture, 1800–1938

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Coordinates: 50°05′13″N 14°25′41″E / 50.087°N 14.428°E / 50.087; 14.428