Municipal House (Obecní dům) is a civic building that houses Smetana Hall, a celebrated concert venue, in Prague. The Royal Court palace used to be located on the site of the Municipal House. From 1383 until 1485 the King of Bohemia lived in the property. After 1485, it was abandoned. It was demolished in the early 20th century. Construction of the current building started in 1905 and it opened in 1912. The building was designed by Osvald Polívka and Antonín Balšánek. The Municipal House was the location of the Czechoslovak declaration of independence.

The building is of the Art Nouveau architecture style. The building exterior has allegorical art and stucco. There is a mosaic called Homage to Prague by Karel Špillar over the entrance. On either side are allegorical sculpture groups representing The Degradation of the People and The Resurrection of the People by Ladislav Šaloun. Smetana Hall serves as a concert hall and ballroom. It has a glass dome. There is artwork by Alfons Mucha, Jan Preisler and Max Švabinský, too.

Today, the building is used as concert hall, ballroom, civic building, and as the location of cafes and restaurants. Many of the rooms in the building are closed to the public and open only for guided tours.

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Founded: 1905-1912
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Czech Republic

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Rico Wallich (10 months ago)
Excellent place to visit a classical concert. The architecture is just stunning. Definitely recommend a visit when you are around.
TrueSokolnik (14 months ago)
Great place to visit. Concert is definately Worth going. Exhibitions according to Your taste. Tour around - we have not taken.
J L (14 months ago)
Very friendly staff do a good job of giving the history and showing some of the important parts of this beautiful building. They also have exhibitions on the top floor which are interesting.
Bo Heylen (15 months ago)
Culture pure sang. One fine art nouveau building. The guided tour is really good. Worth the visit.
Jose Aponte (15 months ago)
Rich radiant tones. Acoustics were excellent Ivan Lins concert.
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