Sunday, July 31, 2005

Prague architecture



One of the more pleasant aspects of my trip to Prague was simply wandering around the city and looking at the fantastic architecture - medieval and modern. Near to where I was staying, by the Jirasek Bridge across the Vltava River, is a building called "Tancici Dom" in Czech - "Dancing House." It was built in the 1990s, and one of the architects was Frank Gehry. When I first saw the house I was astonished, and after that the building always made me smile.

Another building was my favorite in Prague - the Obecni Dom (Municipal House), built in the early 20th century with much art nouveau decoration. This first photograph is of a mural just above the entrance to the building.

The second photo is of the balcony over the entrance. Notice the symbol of Prague in the center of the balcony.




The third photo is a detail in the stained glass of the entrance.

3 comments:

  1. That top picture is, lulei demistafina, AWESOME.

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  2. Prague is called the textbook of architecture. The reason is that all architectural styles from the 10th century until present have been represented in a small area. In my opinion, no trip around Europe is complete without a stop in Prague. This cosmopolitan city has it all: arts, culture, haute cuisine, shopping, and nature.. Prague restaurants and cheap Prague hotels are at good value. What more could you want? Prague feels more safe and secure than many other cities, it is exceptionally clean, and locals welcome tourists with open arms. With beautiful weather and enough interesting things to keep me occupied for three months, Prague is a MUST-SEE city!

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