Wenceslas Square most significant buildings

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Wenceslas Square most significant buildings

Less a square than a boulevard, Wenceslas Square has the shape of a very long (750 m, total area 45,000 m2) rectangle.

 

 

Wenceslas Square, dominated by the grand neoclassical Czech National Museum and the Statue of St. Wenceslas

Wenceslas Square, dominated by the grand neoclassical Czech National Museum and the Statue of St. Wenceslas

 

The two obvious landmarks of Wenceslas Square are at the southeast, uphill end: the 1885–1891 National Museum Building, designed by Czech architect Josef Schulz, and the statue of Wenceslas. Other significant buildings on the square include:

  • Antonin Pfeiffer and Matěj Blecha’s Palác Koruna office building and shopping center
  • Lindt Building, No. 4, an early work of architectural constructivism
  • the BAŤA shoe store, No. 6, 1929
  • Adam Pharmacy, No. 8, 1911–1913
  • Jan Kotěra’s Peterka Building, No. 12, 1899–1900
  • Pavel Janák’s Hotel Juliš, No. 22, 1926
  • Alois Dryák’s Hotel Evropa, #25–27, 1905 redesign, with architectural sculptor Ladislav Šaloun
  • Antonin Wiehl’s Wiehl House, No. 34, 1896
  • the Melantrich Building, No. 36, 1914, where Alexander Dubček and Václav Havel appeared together on its balcony in November 1989, a major event of the Velvet Revolution
  • Hotel Adria, No 26, reconstruction in 1912, in 1918 sold to František Tichý, Burian’s Theatre (1925–1928)

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