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In the Details

I still cannot believe that my semester abroad is so close to the end. It really and truly feels like yesterday that I was fighting with my mother about how many pairs of socks I would realistically need while abroad and how many I could fit in my already completely overpacked suitcases. And yet, that was actually close to 4 months ago and today was my final art history class.

What started out as one of my least favorite classes has actually proven to be one of the best classes, potentially ever. While not necessarily academically rigorous, it is always interesting and informative. My other two walking classes tend to be more based in Prague 1 and I have been to a few sites more than once as a result, but with art history, the professor always takes us to really interesting places. A baroque garden, a star-shaped villa, monasteries with Christian religious items covered in thousands of crystals, and so many other really wonderful off the beaten path places.

For our last class today, our professor took us to the Municipal House. I was there last week for European Mentality, but we only walked around in the “open to the public” areas. Today, though, our professor told us he wanted to do something special because it was the last day. And boy was it special. Apologies in advance, I only had my iPhone today, but even with a real camera, there is no way that I could have captured the splendor and beauty with a camera. But after looking at my pictures, I decided that using google as a supplement would give you all some better pictures than those that I took. This is most definitely an in-person kind of place.

The Municipal House is right next to Old Town Square and was built around 1900 by two architects who hated one another and worked together solely by sending messages back and forth to one another. After its completion, it was used as a concert hall, place for balls and galas, and a place for social visits. Today, it is used mainly for concerts but is available for hire. Although you’d better have some pretty deep pockets, because just the group ticket was $150!

The interior of the Municipal House was decorated with no expense spared. There are inlaid wood details on the door jambs, magnificent tiling in the stairwells, and ornate marble stands to hold vases of flowers.

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The Municipal House

A model of the Municipal House

A model of the Municipal House

The concert hall. All materials are from within the Czech Republic

The concert hall. All materials are from within the Czech Republic

Ceiling painted by Mucha in the Mucha-designed room. This room is also the most important room in both the Men's and Women's Quarters

Ceiling painted by Mucha in the Mucha-designed room. This room is also the most important room in both the Men’s and Women’s Quarters

Stained glass window in the Mucha room

Stained glass window in the Mucha room

I loved these heads, also within the Mucha Room

I loved these heads, also within the Mucha Room

The Confectionary in the Women's Quarters. The Women's Quarters rooms were much smaller, more intimate, and considered less important.

The Confectionary in the Women’s Quarters. The Women’s Quarters rooms were much smaller, more intimate, and considered less important.

The Americky Bar, found in the basement level. The first and only bar that women could attend unattended for a long time.

The Americky Bar, found in the basement level. The first and only bar that women could attend unattended for a long time.

Ok, I couldn’t help myself. I know, these are horrible pictures, but I just needed to share some more of the incredible details of this place.

Part of the Men's Quarters

Part of the Men’s Quarters

The doorway to the Mayor's quarters

The doorway to the Mayor’s quarters

How fun?

How fun? Also, these are real crystals.

Light fixtures in the basement level. Exposed lightbulbs were considered "fashionable" at the time, and so there are exposed bulbs throughout the Municipal House

Light fixtures in the basement level. Exposed lightbulbs were considered “fashionable” at the time, and so there are exposed bulbs throughout the Municipal House

The floor outside of the Americky Bar

The floor outside of the Americky Bar

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