The Municipal House

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Námestí Republiky 5, Prague, Czech Republic
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The Municipal House  - The Municipal House (Prague, Czech Republic)
The Municipal House  - The Municipal House (Prague, Czech Republic)
The Municipal House  - The Municipal House (Prague, Czech Republic)
The Municipal House  - View of some of the windows on the lower floor
The Municipal House  - View of part of the lower floor
The Municipal House  - View of part of the stairwell leading to the lower floor

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Must-see for any Mucha fan Aug 12, 2015
As soon as I found out that one of the rooms at the Municipal House had been decorated by Alphonse Mucha I knew I had to visit. And the guided tour, which took about an hour, of the upper floor of the Municipal House did not disappoint. The Mayor Hall was breathtaking, not only did Mucha paint a ceiling fresco as well as three wall frescos, he also designed the window panes and the furniture as well as a beautiful curtain for one of the doors. The tour guide was also very knowledgable about the building and the different artists that created artworks for the various rooms.

Initially, the Municipal House was built as a centre for Czech culture and as a place for social gatherings. At the time there was a German casino and the German House, so, the Czech people felt they need a space of their own to celebrate their culture and history. Today, the Municipal House, is still used for concerts at the famous Smetana Hall and other halls but also for balls and as a civic building.

This building is worth a visit as the ground floor and the lower floor can be visited free of charge whereas you need to take a guided tour of the upper floor. And if you want to take pictures during the tour you'll need to buy a photo pass. Check the box office to get the schedule for the tours. The tours are given in Czech or English but they have written explanations in various other languages (German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Russian).
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View of part of the lower floor
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Art Nouveau to die for! Mar 31, 2010
The Municipal House was build in 1911 and is located right next to the Powder Tower. Originally the area of the Municipal House was the place of the Royal Court. The palace was built around 1383 when King Wenceslas IV made it his residence. In 1484 the current king, Wladislaw Jagiello decided it was too dangerous to live in the centre of the city and he moved to the Prague Castle. The building then became a seminary and later a military academy. It was eventually demolished in 1903.

In its place came the spectacular Art Nouveau building of the Municipal House, which was built as a place for concerts, exhibitions, conferences, festivities and balls. The outside of the building is breathtaking, especially the mosaic at the main entrance.

You can walk around the inside of the building a bit, but if you want to see every detail, you have to join (and pay for) a guided tour that lasts over an hour. Even though my husband and I adore Art Nouveau, neither of us was in the mood for such an extensive tour. The Smetana Hall and many smaller halls that now house restaurants and cafés are accessible for free.
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Africancrab says:
This is definitely a house I should love to see in person. Thanks for sharing
Posted on: May 25, 2011

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