Do you think that houses cannot dance? Then go see Prague’s Dancing House
and you will stand corrected. The inspiration for this unique and world-famous house was the equally famous dancing couple Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Its construction was met with a heated debate regarding the overall architectural development in Prague
. In the year when it was finished, the Dancing House received the prestigious prize of the American Time Magazine for the Design of the Year.
Outraged reactions were also present during the construction of another exceptional building – the cubist House of the Black Madonna
in the Old Town, designed by the architect Josef Gočár. However, he withstood the protests and, in the face of the criticism, made the cubist characteristics of the house even more striking. The Municipal House
, on the contrary, was received with enthusiasm and it became the heart of Prague’s social and cultural life, influencing much of the independent Czech history.
The stories of Prague’s architecture are just as diverse as the buildings themselves. Go on a tour of the most significant works of modern architecture – look up to the sky, learn to distinguish subtle details, appreciate the pompous and showy palaces, dive into the shade of Prague’s passages, marvel at its architecture and enjoy life in general with a cup of good coffee in one of the cafés concealed in its less frequented corners.
House of the Black Madonna
It is said that a statue, painting or other depiction of the Black Madonna indicates the presence of underground passages. This legend generally draws on the fact that the cult of the Black Madonna has been associated with earth-worship since the pagan times. Accidentally, this was also confirmed in the House of the Black Madonna in Prague, because there are indeed underground corridors beneath it, and it is even possible to visit them. The adventurous tour through the historic underground starts on the Senovážné Square, leads under the surface near the Municipal House, through Králodvorská Street, and then below the House of the Black Madonna, ending in a historic cellar of a house in Celetná Street near the Church of Our Lady Before Týn.