Discover Prague architecture and its development
Prague is a book of architecture and offers unique chance to learn and understand the developement of its beautiful buildings. During the walk we will focus on different periods of architecture and explain their differences and similarities.
Romanesque Prague (9 - 12th century)
At the end of the 9 th century, there exists a note from a Jewish business man - Ibrahim Ibn Jakub, who said: "I see the city of Praga built from stone". Learn and discover about the first Czech Royal family of Premysleds, and about the Romanesque monuments of Prague which are dated to the early 10 th century and have survived till today.
Gothic Prague (13th - early 16th century)
The mystical gothic architecture is one of the main attributes of Prague. During the tour will be explained why Prague is a city of black stone.
Renaissance and Mannerism in Prague (late 16th - early 17th century)
While exploring the city you will be impressed by beautiful decoration and arcades of houses and palaces built in the Renaissance style. Renaissance was brought to Prague from Italy, and was developed by Rudolf II Habsburg, who loved art, alchemy, astrology and astronomy. His passion for art created Mannerism - one of the most fascinating art and architecture styles in all history, which can be found only in 3 countries in Europe, one of which being Prague - so don't miss it during your stay!
Baroque and Rococo Prague (late 17th century - late 18th century)
The world comes to Prague to see its Baroque art, which includes exquisite examples of illusion frescoes, elliptical churches, and unique decoration by extremely talented architects as genius Kilian Ignac Dientzenhofer, etc. who created their art with talent, tempo and passion. Baroque style is art from the heart, and everything we can admire nowadays is a huge heritage.
Classicism Prague / Empire Prague (early 19 th century)
Initially Classicism originated from Italy , but was brought to Prague as the 'Empire' style by the French. This style is based on simplicity of shape, and is much calmer than the preceding Baroque and Rococo periods. It is inspired by medieval Antique styles, and is mostly found in train stations etc. which were built at this time when the industrial revolution was taking place.
Revivalist Styles (late 19 th century)
Revivalist styles or pseudo styles such as Neo-Romanesque, Neo-Gothic, Neo-Renaissance, Neo-Baroque and Eclectics were established with the passion of a Czech Nation who had fought for their rights to officially use their own language, and for their independence from the Habsburg's predominance. They were returning to past centuries to re-awaken old styles and culture from the forgotten times of an independent Czech kingdom.
Art Nouveau Prague (early 20th century)
At the end of the 19 th century when the artistic e seemed to be doomed, Art Nouveau was born to protest against all official art styles that had gone before. The idea was to break away and create something previously completely unperceived, and can be seen now in particular in the window decorations around the city. Its roots are difficult to track due to the style exploding in cities across Europe at the same time. Art Nouveau Tour will explain all in detail...
Post Modern Prague (20th century)
Constructivism, Functionalism, Cubism, Art Deco, Social Realism and finally Post Modern Architecture made up the final "face" of Prague, which boasts especially because of unique architecture style as Cubism - world well known art style established by Pablo Picasso.inspired architects in Prague and they decorated the city with several amazing cubist buildings. Prague is the only city in the world where you can find real Cubist architecture! Cubism was development continued with Rondo cubism, due the short but famous period of 1st Czechoslovak Republic!