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Prague Municipal House

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Prague Municipal House is a civic building that houses Smetana Hall, a celebrated concert venue, in the centre of the city. It is located on Náměstí Republiky next to the Powder Gate. It was built from 1905 to 1911 in the Art Nouveau style and decorated by leading artists and sculptors such as Alfons Mucha, Jan Preisler and Ladislav Šaloun. It is a symbol of Czech national identity and the site of the Czechoslovak declaration of independence in 1918.

If you want to visit Prague Municipal House, you need to buy a ticket for a guided tour or a concert. The guided tours are available daily from 10:00 to 18:00 and last about one hour. They cost 290 CZK for adults, 240 CZK for students and seniors, and 500 CZK for families. The tours cover the main halls and parlours of the building, such as Smetana Hall, Mayor’s Hall, Grégr Hall and Palacký Hall. You can also see the permanent exhibition of Blanka Matragi, a famous Czech fashion designer.

The concerts are held in Smetana Hall, which has a capacity of 1200 seats and a glass dome. The hall hosts the Prague Symphony Orchestra and other classical music events. The concert schedule and ticket prices vary depending on the season and the performers. You can check the official website of Municipal House Prague for more information.

To get to Prague Municipal House, you can use public transport or walk from the Old Town Square. The nearest metro station is Náměstí Republiky on line B. The nearest tram stop is also Náměstí Republiky on lines 5, 8, 24 and 26. If you walk from the Old Town Square, it will take you about 10 minutes along Celetná Street.

Some tips for visiting Prague Municipal House are:

  • Book your tickets in advance online or at the box office to avoid queues and disappointment.
  • Respect the dress code for concerts and avoid wearing jeans, shorts or sneakers.
  • Do not take photos or videos inside the building without permission.
  • Do not touch or damage any of the artworks or furniture.
  • Do not bring food or drinks inside the building.

Some of the highlights of Prague Municipal House are:

  • The mosaic called Homage to Prague by Karel Špillar over the entrance.
  • The allegorical sculptures representing The Degradation of the People and The Resurrection of the People by Ladislav Šaloun on either side of the entrance.
  • The café, the French restaurant and the Pilsner restaurant on the ground floor.
  • The Smetana Hall with its impressive organ and acoustics.
  • The Mayor’s Hall with its frescoes by Alfons Mucha depicting scenes from Czech history.

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