Located in the Old Town district of Prague and situated on Republic Square is Kotva Department Store. Kotva Department Store is famous for its strange Communist era architecture and for its separate kiosk stores located inside. Kotva was finished in 1975 and consists of an iron and concrete skeleton that is divided into six units giving the building a unique design. Each of these six units features different shops and different spaces but put together form a rather dynamic space. This extraordinary building sticks out in Republic Square as it was built in between historic houses and is neighbored by some of Prague’s Art Nouveau masterpieces. Some even say that Kotva sticks out like a sore thumb, which to some extent is true, however you cannot deny the power and the uniqueness of the Communist retro design. Is Kotva ugly or is it simply different? You be the judge! Besides being famous for the architectural importance of the building, Kotva is also known for its variety of stores inside. You can find a variety of clothing, shoes, home décor, furniture, cutlery, porcelain, jewelry, a pharmacy, cafes and much more.
Address: Revoluční 1/655, Praha 1, +420 224 801 111, +420 224 801 438, www.od-kotva.cz
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