Municipal House in Prague

I stumbled across the Municipal House (Obecní dům in Czech) as I was walking around Prague. I detected several Art Nouveau elements in the exterior.

municipal house exterior

The wrought iron work and stained glass above the entrance is gorgeous. The ‘Homage to Prague’ mosaic sits at the base of the dome.

municipal house exterior close up

I wasn’t sure if I could enter the building, but I thought it was worth a try.

The Art Nouveau theme continued inside with a beautiful chandelier.

municipal hall art nouveau chandelier

It didn’t look as though it was possible to explore the Concert Hall on the upper floor, as I could see a security guard hovering at the top of the marble staircase.

municipal house stairs

The gift shop at the rear of the buidling sold a wide variety of attractive ceramics. There was also a toilet there.

municipal house shop

There were several tile murals as I descended the stairs to the lower floor.

municipal hall tile art

municipal hall tile art1

municipal hall tile art2

In the landing, there was a very unusual fountain with water cascading down the brightly coloured tiles. There were a couple of cafes/restaurants. It was too soon after breakfast for me to want to sit down for a drink, especially as I was trying to see as many attractions as possible with my Prague Card.

municipal house fountain

I’m really glad that I didn’t have a rigid intinerary and that I ventured into the Municipal House in Prague.