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Imperial staircase

Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Photos: Tomáš Sysel

Transport: metro (Můstek / Muzeum); tram (Václavské náměstí)
Visiting Method: free entry
kulturní památka

Address: Václavské náměstí 19, Praha 1-Nové Město
Year: 1896; 2002 (restoration)
Architects: Friedrich Ohmann a Osvald Polívka

Let yourself become enchanted by the harmony of curves of this opulent Neo-Baroque building standing on the corner of Wenceslas Square and Jindřišská Street. Thanks to its decorative elements, the building from the end of the 19th century actually resembles a palace; after all, it was built for a rich Italian insurance company. The dominant feature of this cultural monument is not only the dome but especially the unique imperial staircase with a rich stucco decoration. Come explore a house that was allegedly also a working place of one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, the legendary Franz Kafka who worked here as an insurance clerk!