Sunday, January 30, 2011

Architectural landmark



Architectural landmark, originally uploaded by Silanov.

Municipal House (Obecní dům), Náměstí Republiky, Prague (Czech Republic)

Some background information:

Obecní dům is not only a major civic landmark and concert hall, but also an architecturally and politically very important building.

Around 1900 the building was commissioned by the city on an odd-shaped lot. Two architectural competitions were arranged but unfortunately both were unsuccessful. Thereafter the job was simply given to architects Osvald Polívka and Antonín Balšánek. Construction started in 1905 and Obecní dům opened its doors in 1912.

The Art Nouveau structure is an artifact of the Czech nationalism of that time and carries a wealth of ornaments by some of the leading Czech artists of their day. The main facade features a large ceramic half-dome mosaic above the entry. It’s called "Homage to Prague" and was created by Karel Špillar.

On either side this mosaic are allegorical sculpture groups representing "The Degradation of the People" and "The Resurrection of the People" by Ladislav Šaloun, while the remainder of the rich decoration was made by Josef Mařatka, František Úprka and others, with light stands designed by Karel Novák. The interior of the building includes murals by famous Czech Art Nouveau artists like Alfons Mucha and Max Švabinský.

The concert hall inside the Municipal House is named Smetana Hall in honour of the famous Czech composer Bedřich Smetana. On 28th October 1918 the independent state of Czechoslovakia was proclaimed in Smetana Hall. Nowadays Obecní dům also includes a very beautiful Art Nouveau café and a restaurant just as beautiful. But be mindful of the high prices before you decide on having a lunch, dinner or just a cup of coffee there. ;-)

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Snow Park @ Prague | Czech Republic


Snow Park @ Prague | Czech Republic


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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Prague 5/4 (bonus)



Prague 5/4 (bonus), originally uploaded by beeldkamer.

This photo was taken at sunrise, because I wanted to capture the bridge in moody light and without hordes of tourists. However, more enthusiastic photographers went there with this idea and it was busy again. Anyways, I got this shot and it really shows the magic of Prague.

De Beeldkamer || Daniel Gruis


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Thursday, January 13, 2011

2010 12 Prague



2010 12 Prague_148#, originally uploaded by theo_haberbusch.

The photo was taken during a short trip with my wife, just before Christmas. It's taken from the Castle (Pražský hrad). We were living and the night was falling. Few minutes later, it started to snow, just when we were crossing the bridge. An amazing time!

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

café kafíčko



café kafíčko, originally uploaded by kartoffelmos.

Prague photos

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Prague



Prague, originally uploaded by Alex 66 2.

Prague photos

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Prague



Prague, originally uploaded by davenmary11.

We were on a whistle stop tour of your wonderful city with Cosmos in 2009.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Prague Castle



Prague Castle, originally uploaded by kevinmarasco.

Prague photos

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

HC Slavia



HC Slavia, originally uploaded by ndgreen.

The photo was taken at the HC Slavia match on Sunday after their victory in the last 6 seconds. It was my first game in the Czech Republic.

I just moved here in October for a 3 year period so hopefully I will have more photos for you in the future.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Prague



Prague, originally uploaded by Kumanika.

It was my first day in Prague, 19th december 2010, close to the Karlov bridge.

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Prague



DSCF1119, originally uploaded by hedyelyakim.

I made this photo in a very cold day last december and that is the only statue that i like in the bridge so i said that i must take pictures of it and dont care of the cold.
I like to take photos every place i go and prague is wonderful
city for that.