Art deco arcades in Prague, modernist and cubist 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 former Czech President Vaclav Havel’s family is admired for Arabic bazar style decoration while Rokoko arcade is a small art deco jewel. Most of the „passages“ – as locals call them, were built between the turn of 19th and 20th century and 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 at 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. Book a tour today and eperience the Prague Art Nouveau beauty