Architecture - Municipal House
Obecní dům (Municipal House)
with neorenesance elements
Municipal House (Obecni
Dum) is the premier Art Nouveau building in Prague. It
houses several attractions, including one of the best
concert halls in the city and a most elegant French
Built in 1911 on the site of the former Royal Court Palace,
Municipal House gained fame on the 28th October 1918 when
the historic proclamation of the independent state of
Czechoslovakia took place here.
Municipal House is the main attraction on Republic Square,
which is located just a few minutes walk from both the Old
Town Square and Wenceslas Square.
Municipal House is a beautiful building from all aspects.
The outside has intricate stonework, gold trimmings, frescos
and stained glass windows.
Inside, at its heart, Municipal House has the huge Smetana
Hall, one of the two main concert halls in Prague (the other
is the Dvorák Hall at the Rudolfinum).
The interior of the Smetana is magnificent, decorated with
works by a leading Czech artist of the early 20th century,
Classical concerts in the Smetana boast some of the largest
orchestras to play the city. Indeed Municipal House is home
to the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.
Municipal House also hosts exhibitions, the occasional ball,
has an American bar, a first-class French restaurant,
Francouzska Restaurant, and a traditional Czech restaurant,
All concerts listed on Prague Experience at Municipal House
are in the grand Smetana Hall. For listings and to book
tickets: Prague concerts