Municipal House
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Historical Art Nouveau Center
The Municipal House, built in 1912, is a civic hall and concert theater in Prague. This Art Nouveau gem, decorated with allegorical sculptures, gold trim and stained glass on the exterior and topped with a glass dome, serves as a national heritage site. The Royal Court Palace was situated in this location from 1383 to 1485, Czechoslovakia's independence was proclaimed here in 1918, and the first meetings between the communist government and Vaclav Havel were held here in 1989. The lobby features a sweeping, red-carpeted marble staircase and the concert hall is decorated in carved stone, gold, shimmering lights and frescoes. During our visit, the exhibition hall featured an astounding Alfons Mucha exhibit that my whole family loved. But what stopped me in my tracks was the Francouzska Restaurant - soaring ceilings, glass and gold chandeliers, and an overall early 20th century atmosphere were something you just don't see that often today. The romantic, dreamy look of the restaurant made me feel like Dorothy seeing Oz for the first time. We were not able to eat dinner here on this trip, but have definitely earmarked it for when we return!
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