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Art Nouveau Magnificence at the Municipal House – Prague

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The Municipal House in Prague is a quintessential example of the height of the Art Nouveau movement in Central Europe.

It’s located next to the old Powder Tower in the former location of the Royal Court Palace, and is the home of Smetana Hall.  The building serves primarily as a concert venue and a place to hold special events. There is a large traditional Czech restaurant inside on the basement level, serving delicious and filling Czech specialties.  Many rooms in the building are only accessible by private tour, and are truly worth seeing!

For those not familiar, Art Nouveau was a popular movement that made its way throughout all of central Europe at the turn of the twentieth century.  The movement believed that art should be a part of everyday life, and it became infused in architecture, textiles, paintings, furniture, clothes, and jewelry.  It was characterized by flower and leaf motifs, along with curving flowy lines and lovely ladies.  Prague’s Art Nouveau master was Mucha, whose Sarah Bernhardt posters became famous world-wide.

I recently had the opportunity to tour the Municipal House in Prague and wanted to share some photos with you of some of its gorgeousness!

 

Enjoy!

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Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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