Great sculptors and painters of their time have created an architectural treasure, whose masterly opulence bears witness to their genius to this day. Jan Preisler, Mikoláš Aleš, Max Švabinský, František Ženíšek, Ladislav Šaloun, Josef Mařatka, Josef Václav Myslbek or Alfons Mucha – names difficult to pronounce – were but a small fraction within the remarkable group of skillful artists involved in building and decorating Obecní dům – the Municipal House located right in the heart of Prague. Since its inauguration in January of 1912, the extraordinary building has served as a splendid stage for atmospheric concerts, grand festive balls and fancy fashion shows and is justly listed a national heritage site.
Its two protagonists – the Smetana Hall and the restaurant Francouzská – alone are well worth the trip to Prague, from whichever corner of the globe it may have to commence.
A cultural monument for the citizens: Obecní dům
Alfons Mucha, one of the Czech Republic’s greatest sons, regarded art an essential benefit to humanity that should be seen and enjoyed by as many people as possible. The independent Mucha Foundation preserves and actively promotes Mucha’s work through worldwide exhibitions and publications and locally runs the Mucha Museum
Header image (Smetana Hall), Francouzská Restaurant (interior) and Old Town of Prague courtesy of ©Prague.eu
Image Obecní dům (exterior) provided by ©Francouzská Restaurant.
Art Nouveau lamps: ©Christina Feyerke