Architecture, Prague hidden gems

Art Deco Arcades in Prague

The Prague art deco, modernist and cubist arcades are interesting, vibrant, loved by locals and overlooked by tourists. Most of the arcades are close to Wenceslas Square, Vodickova and Stepanska streets. The architecture enthusiasts should not skip at least Lucerna, Rokoko and Koruna arcades. Lucerna, once built by Havel family (Vaclav Havel grandfather) is admired for Arabic bazar style decoration and Rokoko arcade is a small art deco jewel. Most of the „passages“ – as locals call them, were built at the turn of 19th and 20th century until the end of the „First Republic“ (1918 – 1938). Don’t forget to visit Cafe Lucerna – yes, it would deserve  a facelift but still, you will enjoy its former glory and art deco charm, it is still there. As you will be standing in Lucerna, looking at marble and stained glass, admiring all the details and entrance to the old movie theatre, look up to the ceiling, you will spot David Černy’s statue of Saint Wenceslas sitting on an upside down horse (1999) – you can check the original statue by J.V. Myslbek at Wenceslas Square close by (1887 – 1924). Some like it some don’t, some say it is absurd, some say it is provocative and fun as all art work by David Černý in Prague.  Would you like to take a tour to see the arcades?