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

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Werk Saal (3 months ago)
Great architecture, cake and drinks
Semi Ennafaa (13 months ago)
Worst but most expensive coffee in Prague. Cappuccino from automatic machine for 75 CZK. Unfortunately such a nice place and such a bad service.
t r (14 months ago)
We love this place, the staff so nice. Classy and entertaining.
Fionn Ferreira (14 months ago)
Found the Orient Cafe in the Honest Guide of Prauge. Best Place EVER! Great views too.
David Thomas (2 years ago)
This cafe is great (the upstairs one, not to be confused with the downstairs one). It’s interior is apparently preserved from the cubist era (which I don’t know at all, but liked the look of based on this one example). Certainly had style ; bronze and marble tables, quirky lamp fittings. Even the coat hooks were apparently cubist. Famous kidney shaped stair well. Food and service was excellent as were the views down from the small balcony. Downstairs there is a cubist shop ; expensive (for my income level) but lovely items of glass ceramics etc. Recommend.
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