The House of the Black Madonna

This building at Celetná no. 34 was designed by Josef Gočár between 1911 and 1912 as a multifunctional building with shops on the ground floor and offices, flats and the legendary Orient coffee house with its cubist furniture on the floors above. It is a real architectural masterpiece with huge Cubist windows and facades broken into multiple planes in order to create an unusual interplay of light and shade. Behind a grille on the first floor is the statue of the Madonna which gives the building its name. Upstairs is a beautiful and stylish café. Inside the building you can see a permanent exhibition on Czech Cubism, which is unique to Bohemia although Cubist painting is common in Europe.

Location: Celetná 34, Old Town (at the corner of Celetná Street and Ovocný trh)

Open: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. Closed 1 Jan, Easter Mon, 1 and 8 May, 5 and 6 July, 28 Oct, 24-6 Dec

Admission: 100 CZK (family 150 CZK)

Other names: Dům U Černé Matky Boží.

House at The Black Madonna

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