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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.