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Cubist Passage Adria in Prague

adria venkuThe rondo-cubist palace Adria with art deco passage is a must-see-place if you are an architectural enthusiast or maybe even if you are not. It was built for Italian insurance company, Riunione Adriatica di Sicurta during 1923–1924 at the corner of Národní Avenue and Jungmannova Street. Riunione wanted to create a building evoking North-Italian renaissance palaces.  The internal passage is decorated with number of statues by Czech artists, including Jan Štursa and Bohumil Kafka. Look for 24-hour clock surrounded by bronze statues representing the signs of the zodiac, in the open foyer. Cafe Adria on the first floor is worth a visit in summer when you can enjoy the view on the bustling crossroad of 28. října street (28 November), Národní Avenue and Jungmannovo square from the summer terrace . The menu of the Cafe deserves some improvements. The building was home of Film Club, a popular meeting place of Czech movie stars during First Republic (1918 – 1938).   In 1989 Adria was home of Obcanske forum (Civic forum) and Vaclav Havel in the beginning of the Velvet Revolution in November 1989. By the way, if you need a shoe repair, there is a shop nestled next to the entrance to Cafe Adria – quite a surprising at this location.


Prague Architecture Tour

Prague Modernism & Functionalism

Prague architecture tour is approximtely 3-hour walk with one of our guides – architectural enthusiasts. Prague is well known for its most visible monuments and many architectural styles ranging from gothic to baroque. However, Czechoslovakia enjoyed a great era of modernism and functionalism, styles that arose in the 1920s, greatly influenced by Germany’s Bauhaus, that sought to strip away all unnecessary ornamentation from a building, leaving just clean, horizontal lines and spare but pleasing boxy shapes.

The cities of Prague, Brno and Zlin (seat of Bata family and his business) were considered the European centers of architectural avant-garde in 20’s and 30’s of the 20th century attracting the top architectural talent of that time in Czechoslovakia. Arguably, the best functionalist building in Prague is the 1928 Veletrzní hall, originally built as an exhibition space for trade fairs and now housing the National Gallery’s Museum of 20th and 21st century art. There are number of buildings such as Manes exhibition hall, architect Gocar cubist bank building, Muller private villa, Bata’s department store as well as the the famous villa Tugendhat in Brno.

If you are interested in architectural gems of Prague, whether gothic, barock, art nouveau or modernist, we will be happy to arrange an architectural tour of Prague or Brno. You can contact us with more details about your interests.

We will also be happy to advice you on various types of accommodation (hotel, serviced apartments, B&B, private apartments, etc.), and other arrangements for your vacation in the Czech Republic.