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Zdeněk Lukeš, Pavel Hroch 2017

Prague on the threshold of modernity

Prague on the threshold of modernity

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Author: Zdeněk Lukeš, Pavel Hroch
Publisher: Glade
Language: Czech
Release year: 2017

Powerful construction industry of the second half of the 19th century. century, the architectural character of some Prague neighborhoods was literally predetermined, and many Praguers are surrounded by the backdrops of classicism, romanticism, historicism and the emerging Art Nouveau literally at every turn. Nevertheless, paradoxically, not much attention is paid to this period of the development of architecture either in professional or more popular literature, perhaps because of contempt for styles that look back to the past, perhaps because we are too close to them and have no need to reflect on them. The authors of this guide disagree with such an approach and claim that there is much to discover here as well.

A new walk through Prague, lined with contemporary black-and-white photographs of buildings, leads through the districts of the historical core of the capital city - Old and New Town, Mala Strana, Hradčany, Josefov and Vyšehrad - as well as the parts that surround them - Holešovice-Bubny, Karlín, Žižkov, Královské Vinohrady, Smíchov , Bubenčí - and as a bonus Dejvice, Střešovice and Dolní Libocí.

A total of 160 slogans and 372 photographs capture, in addition to large projects such as the National Theatre, the National Museum, the Rudolfinum or the completion of the Cathedral of St. Víta also focuses on architectural works, which often find themselves in their shadow. The narrative publication is equipped with maps, architects' medallions, a glossary of technical terms and a name index.

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