House of the Black Madonna

Prague, Czech Republic

The House of the Black Madonna is a cubist building designed by Josef Gočár. It is currently in use as the Czech Museum of Cubism and includes the Grand Café Orient restaurant on the first floor.

The House of the Black Mother, sometimes referred to as Black Mother of the Lord, was designed and built between 1911 and 1912 on the corner of Celetná Street and Ovocný trh. Josef Gočár built the house as the first example of cubist architecture in Prague, and it remains probably the most celebrated. Even without historical details of the baroque building surrounding it, the House at the Black Madonna maintains the atmosphere of the neighborhood. The house was given its name by the stone sculpture that originally adorned one of the two Baroque buildings on the same lot. After many years altered use in the interwar period and under communist rule, the house was closed in January 2002 and re-opened after extensive restoration in November 2003.



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Founded: 1911-1912
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Czech Republic

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Wayne Bartholomew (20 days ago)
Felt a bit packed in, even though we had our own table it was not unusual to bang elbows with the guy next to me! But a very thick and rich hot chocolate made up for it.
Diana L (27 days ago)
Historical building. Worth your visit and your pictures
Hannah Schröckenfuchs (2 months ago)
The museum itself was small but pretty with cool furniture. The staff wasn’t very ready to help but its worth going if cubism is one of your favourite art form.
Marie Eatwell (3 months ago)
Visited this beautiful cafe after a recommendation and wasn't disappointed at all. Such a variety of elegant and beautiful cakes. I had the apple cake which was delicious. I also had the mango one which was equally delicious. Cafe Orient was elegant, clean and very good table service. I would highly recommend visiting this place. Prices were very reasonable given the luxury of the cakes. You could also have lunch as it wasn't all cakes. Drinks menu available also.
Rick Yin (4 months ago)
Can hardly be called a museum. 2 small rooms. Cafe downstairs is kind of cute though
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