Masaryk Quay (Masarykovo Nábrezí)

Masaryk Quay (Masarykovo Nábrezí) (51)

Although there are no museums, churches or key settings of its history, the Masaryk Quay features among the most beautiful spots in the city. Here you will be able to take a wonderful photo of Prague while the sun sets behind Petrin Hill and its last rays are reflected of the river surface.

Of course, the dusk light brings out the very best of the façades of this series of buildings in styles that range from Modernism through to neo-Renaissance or neo-Baroque. It is no coincidence that they were built in the early 20th century by the best architects and artists of the time.

Perhaps at first sight it may appear that the properties that make up this grand display over the Vltava appear similar to you. You should not be fooled by appearances, though. A more detailed observation will reveal to you their main differences and some of their more curious aspects.

The Masaryk Quay did not actually get this name until 1990. Before it was called Gottwaldovo nábrezí, in honour of the first communist prime minister of the National Council of Czechoslovakia.

At number 16 you can delight at the rich work of the mosaics and doors. This house was built by Josef Fanta for the Hlahol Czech choral society. It was very important during the 19th century and among its directors features the names of Bendl and Smetana.

Number 22 pays a picturesque homage to the Renaissance, with its Italian-inspired windows on the fifth floor. Nevertheless, there are also others of Czech influence on the third and fourth floors.

At number 26, a magnificent door with stained-glass windows recalls the work of the artist Kamil Hilbert. Furthr on, at number 28, the house made by Matej Blecha may take on a rather disturbing elegance.

The neo-Gothic style building that stands at number 30 is a work from 1905. It does not lack Baroque touches or panels with modern scenes either.

You could finish the visit at number 32. This building was originally constructed for a bank by Jirí Stibral. Its style is a mixture secession and neo-Baroque, with decoration by Ladislav Saloun. Until 1990 it housed the East German consulate and today you will find the Goethe Institute, the cultural centre of the German Embassy.

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