Municipal House

Obecní dům (Municipal House) is one of the best known Art Nouveau buildings in Prague

The Municipal House, designed by the architects A. Balšánek and O. Polívka and constructed in 1905–1912, belongs to the best known Art Nouveau buildings in Prague. It is located on Náměstí Republiky (Republic Square), opposite the U Hybernů House, close to Prašná brána (Powder Gate).

The Municipal House, an Art Nouveau jewel feasting everybody's eyes, was declared a national cultural monument especially thanks to its decoration. This was made by the most important Czech painters and sculptors of the early 20th century, such as Mikoláš Aleš, Max Švabinský, Josef Václav Myslbek, Alfons Mucha, and Jan Preisler. The front facade of the house is dominated by a semi-circular mosaic compiled upon a drawing by Karel Špillar.

The Municipal House hosts concerts, fashion shows, exhibitions, and balls, all of which create a breath-taking atmosphere bringing a wholly unexpected cultural experience.

Its visitors may also try excellent meals or coffee in the restaurant and café on the ground floor, or enjoy the elegance of numerous lounges.

The Municipal House offers also regular tours, taking place at least twice daily.

Municipal House


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