The Straka Academy is the seat of the Government of the Czech Republic. It is a Neo-baroque building situated on the left bank of Vltava river. It was designed by the architect Václav Roštlapil and built between 1891 and 1896. The building originally served as a dormitory for impoverished children of the Czech nobility.



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Founded: 1891-1896


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George O´Harek (8 months ago)
Původně domov pro nemajetné studenty ( ovšem z panských vrstev ), přestal relativně brzy, vzhledem ke společenským změnám na zač. 20. st. vyhovovat svému účelu, a byl pak všeličím, hlavně sloužil armádě, ať už vlastní, nebo cizí. Po r. 1950 bylo rozhodnuto sem umístit vládní orgány a po vzniku ČSFR, předsednictvo federální vlády. A sídlo vlády je to dodnes. Budova je vypulírovaná a zahrada upravená. Místo bylo a je jedinečné.
Tomáš Vladyka (12 months ago)
Dnes tam bohužel vládne estébák Andrej Babiš, nemohu dít dobré hodnocení, ale jinak je to budova krásná.
George On tour (15 months ago)
view from the river
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Jui Hong Teoh (3 years ago)
The view from the Parliament must have been break-talking, as you take in the entire view of the Old Town from across Vltava. There are often boat cruises that run along the Vltava past the Parliament which would have given you a closer look at the seat of power in the Czech Republic.
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