Art and Culture

Havels Hearts

Havels Hearts Vaclav Havel was president of the Czech Republic when I first came here in 1996. He was obviously held in high regard by many and certainly those with artistic/cultural backgrounds. He was a reluctant president and known as a politician with a heart. This all started back in 2002. Havel had been elected … Read More

prague book tunnel

Prague Book Tunnel

The Prague Book Tunnel Visiting the main city library normally doesn’t make anybody’s top ten list of things to do in Prague. That’s a shame because you will have missed out on seeing a quite bizarre yet striking piece of architectural art. It’s acquired the name of the Prague Book Tunnel but read on to … Read More

Gothic buildings on the old town square in prague

Gothic Prague Architecture

Gothic Prague Architecture – The Old Lady of Architecture Humanity has always sought out ways to improve and the Gothic Prague period was no exception. It took basic rules of Romanesque design and applied the latest building techniques. This resulted in construction of some of the most iconic buildings still visible in Prague and includes … Read More

st martins romanesque rotunda at vysehrad, prague

Romanesque Prague Architecture

Romanesque Prague Architecture (or Norman) If you are from England then you can see examples of Romanesque architecture in most major cities. It’s just that we don’t call it Romanesque, we call it “Norman” so you are in the period roughly between 800 and 1150. Signatures of Romanesque Prague architecture (which can also be called … Read More

The Grand Hotel Evropa on Wenceslas Square. Built in 1905 with Typical Art Nouveau Organic Details

Prague Art Nouveau Architecture

Prague Art Nouveau – A New Kind of Art Prague has become synonymous with Art Nouveau even though in my experience people, at first glance, get Secessionist and Art Nouveau mixed up. In general, on the external side you can spot Prague Art Nouveau by looking for organic decorative features. Trees, flowers, branches/vines and fruit … Read More

a secessionist building in the old town of prague

Secessionist Prague Architecture

Secessionist Prague Architecture What you now have to realize is that the last thousand years of design and architecture has been dominated either by Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance or Baroque, each holding for no less than 200 years apiece. That’s a lot of history and religion. Note that I now run a Prague Architecture Tour for … Read More

examples of baroque and late baroque architecture on prague's wenceslas square

Baroque Prague Architecture

Baroque Prague Architecture – Style with a Twirl Even though Prague is most associated with the modern era of Art Nouveau, it’s greatest influence by far is Baroque. You don’t just see Baroque Prague, you feel it, you touch it, you hear it. Baroque was certainly a reaction to the fairly plain decorative nature of … Read More

An example of sgraffito external building decoration in prague

Renaissance Prague Architecture

Renaissance Prague Architecture The Prague Renaissance period saw a lot of social and technological change but it did not come with groundbreaking architectural design ideas as had been noted in the Romanesque and Gothic periods. It was more about artistic ideas and decorative styles to aesthetically improve the appearance of a building and not the … Read More

The Old Radio Free Europe Building, Now Part of the National Museum in Prague

Prague Brutalism and Functionalism

Prague Brutalism and Functionalist Architecture Prague Brutalism can also be called post-Modernism. Pretty much everything after 1897 could be grouped under the term “Modernism” even though we have different and specific names for it in many European countries. It just marks the separation of the “historic/religious” work from everything since. Brutalism is not just about … Read More

the art deco palace akropolis in prague's third district

Prague Art Deco Architecture

Prague Art Deco Architecture – The French Connection It should come as no surprise that “Arts Decoratifs” should begin in Paris and be recognised as an individual art form to be known as “Art Deco” by 1925. Of course the style of Decorative Art had been around for at least 10 years already but with … Read More