The emergence of Art Nouveau in the late 1890s, with its curvaceous sculptural decoration and floral motifs, had an enormous impact on the art and architecture style of Prague. Although the movement started in Paris, Czech artists and designers drew their primary inspiration from the more restrained, rectilinear Secession style of the Viennese school. Thanks to the lack of war damage and postwar redevelopment, Prague has retained an impressive variety of Art Nouveau edifices. Here you can find best artnouveau buildings in Prague.
Just about every lead- ing Czech artist of the time worked on the Obecní dům. The ornate wrought iron entrance canopy, the mosaic in the arched gable and the gilded copper dome above, give a foretaste of the kind of ornamental detail that lies within, including a sumptuously decorated café and restaurant (you can see the photos below), and the Smetanova síň concert hall.
Jan Hus Monument
1915 monument to Jan Hus the centrepiece of Staroměstské náměstí. The Jan Hus Memorial stands at one end of Old Town Square, Prague in the Czech Republic. The huge monument depicts victorious Hussite warriors and Protestants who were forced into exile 200 years after Hus in the wake of the lost Battle of the White Mountain during the Thirty Years’ War, and a young mother who symbolises national rebirth.
Grand Hotel Evropa
Once Wenceslas Square’s finest café, the Evropa retains its original 1905 decor.
Praha hlavní nádraží
Fight your way through the subterranean modern station section and head upstairs to admire the fading splendour of Josef Fanta’s glorious 1909 creation.
If only all insurance company offices were this beautiful, with five lozenge-shaped windows forming the word PRAHA, surrounded by floral mosaics. Designed by Osvald Polívka, as was neighbouring Topičův dům.
Former department store featuring exquisitely delicate ironwork and a mosaic facade by Jan Preisler.
The old Jewish ghetto was demolished in the 1890s and replaced with luxurious five-storey blocks, giv- ing Josefov the highest density of Art Nouveau buildings in the city.
From the most Legií, with its curlicue lampposts, the embankment of Masarykovo nábřeží is a non-stop parade of neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau mansions, with Hlaholthe best of the lot.
Less well known than the Jan Hus Monument but even more striking.
A flamboyant steel and glass exhibition hall built for the 1891 Prague Exhibition, centrepiece of the trade-fair grounds.