Municipal House, Smetana Hall

Náměstí Republiky 5, Prague 1

As a national cultural landmark, the Municipal House ranks among the most prominent Art Nouveau buildings in Prague. It is located in the very centre of Prague, right beside the Powder Gate.

The most distinguished Czech painters and sculptors of the time contributed to decorating the Municipal House — including Jan Preisler, Mikoláš Aleš, Max Švabinský, František Ženíšek, Ladislav Šaloun, Josef Mařatka, Josef Václav Myslbek and Alfons Mucha.

The Municipal House has served as a multifunctional building right from the very beginning. The halls and lounges are used to hold conventions, conferences, concerts and balls, not to mention fashion shows. The areas  are only accessible to the general public in the form of guided tours.

Between 1994 and 1997 the Municipal House underwent technically and financially demanding renovation. On reopening its status as an important social and cultural centre was restored.


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