Built in 1911 on the site of the former Royal Court Palace, the Municipal House is one of the premier Art Nouveau buildings in Prague. When it comes to the Czech Republic, Prague history is dotted with mentions of it, most notably on October 28 of 1918 when it hosted the historic proclamation of the independent state of Czechoslovakia.
The Municipal House has long been one of Prague's most popular wedding locations, due to both its ideal location and gorgeous interior and exterior architecture. It stands in Republic Square next to the Powder Gate, one of the original 14 entrances to the Old Town. Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square are both a short walk away.
The Prague Municipal House is a beautiful structure from every vantage point. The building's façade features ornate stonework, gold trim, stunning frescos and stained glass windows. Inside is the enormous Smetana Hall, one of the most impressive concert halls in Prague and home to the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. The Smetana's magnificent interior includes works by Karel Spillar, a leading Czech artist of the early 20th century, as well as many other significant Czech painters and sculptors from the same era.
An American bar, a traditional Czech restaurant and a lovely French restaurant are located on-site. The French Restaurant at the Prague Municipal House is one of the city's most popular wedding locations, due mostly to its gorgeous interior design that transports guests back to the early 20th century. Opulent crystal and gold chandeliers hang from the restaurant's impossibly high ceilings. Allegorical paintings by Josef Wenig adorn the walls, which are also decorated with intricate moldings and wooden balcony rails (opera-style balconies surround the restaurant's main floor). During the day, the restaurant is bathed in glorious natural light thanks to the restaurant's wall of ceiling-height windows. At night, a sophisticated lighting system illuminates the space beautifully.
As mentioned earlier, the Prague Municipal House also boasts tremendous historical significance. The building was commissioned by the city of Prague in the early 1900's. Two competitions were held to determine whose design would be implemented. After two failed attempts to find a winning architect, the project was given to Osvald Polívka and Antonín Balšánek. Construction began in 1905 and was concluded in 1912.
The building’s Art Nouveau design is testament to the Czech Nationalism of its time. The primary façade features a large, ceramic half-dome mosaic (Homage to Prague, by Karel Spillar) above the entry. It is flanked by allegorical sculptures representing The Degradation of the People and The Resurrection of the People, both by Ladislav Saloun. Plus, all of the interior murals were painted by Czech artists and portray nationalistic themes. In 1989, the Prague Municipal House was declared a National Cultural Monument of the Czech Republic.
Today, the building is an architectural jewel in the crown of the Czech Republic. Prague boasts many popular wedding locations, but in our opinion, none are as stunning from every angle as the Prague Municipal House. For information on this and other popular wedding locations in Prague, contact a Le Rêve Wedding Planner today.