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Opened  1912
Phone  +420 222 002 107
Architectural style  Art Nouveau
Municipal House
Address  nám. Republiky 5, 111 21 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia
Architects  Osvald Polívka, Antonín Balšánek
Similar  Powder Tower, Church of Our Lady before Týn, Náměstí Republiky - Prague, Charles Bridge, Rudolfinum - Prague
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Prague municipal house


Municipal House (Czech: Obecní dům) is a civic building that houses Smetana Hall, a celebrated concert venue, in Prague. It is located on Náměstí Republiky next to the Powder Gate in the center of the city.

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History

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

The Municipal House was the location of the Czechoslovak declaration of independence.

Architecture and art

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. On either side are allegorical sculpture groups representing The Degradation of the People and The Resurrection of the People by Ladislav Šaloun. Smetana Hall serves as a concert hall and ballroom. It has a glass dome. It houses artwork by Alfons Mucha, Jan Preisler and Max Švabinský.

Today

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

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Municipal House Wikipedia


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