Historicism in art and architecture is the deliberate regression to the past and the use or revival of architectural and historical styles in modern buildings or works. Often criticized for stepping back in time rather than moving forward with modernized styles, Historicism is the finale of Classic architecture and more often than not, was compiled of buildings with a exaggerated mixture of different architectural styles from the past; the result was usually awkward chaotic buildings. Historicism, a rekindling of romanticism may have been regarded as a devaluation of the up and coming modern, but did indeed leave behind some beautiful, if not overstated buildings.

  • Czech Historicism | National Museum Prague's National Museum

    Built by famous Czech Neo Renaissance architect Josef Schulz from 1885 to 1891, this impressive structure sits proudly atop of Wenceslas Square, the scene of so many important stepping-stones in Czech history. Lovingly Built for a varied collection of minerals, artifacts, bones, fossils, stuffed animals and more, the building has housed the collection for many damaged years. The collection has remained untouched and protected although the museum has seen its share of history and danger. Bombed during World War II,...

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  • Prague Historicism | National Theater National Theater

    Architect J. Zitek built the stately National Theater from 1868 to 1881 in the neo Renaissance style, although shortly after the ceremonial opening a destructive fire occurred, damaging almost the whole building. Through public funds a new building was built in 1883 and the Czech theater reopened. The architect J. Schulz realized the neo Renaissance reconstruction, while the decoration of the interior and exterior was the vision of the artists of the National Theater Generation, Mikolas Ales, Frantisek Zenisek, Vojtech...

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  • Interior of the State Opera House | Prague | Rococo Interior of the State Opera House

    The Prague State Opera House was built in 1888 and was originally called the German Theater; the German artists of Prague had been performing in the Estates Theater, alternating with the Czech company, and wished for their own theater. The theater, designed by the Vienna duo Fellner and Hellmer with Karl Hasenauer and the Czech, Alfons Wertmuller, premiered on January 5th with the performance The Mastersingers of Nurnberg by Wagner and the theater was hailed as one of the most...

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  • Hanavský Pavilion | Prague Hanavský Pavilion

    Located in leafy Letna Park and perched overlooking the city of Prague and the winding Vltava River with the world famous Charles Bridge is the neo Baroque Hanavský Pavilion. This gorgeous building was built for the National Jubilee Exhibition in 1891 and was located in the Prague Fairgrounds area by the Industrial Palace. The structure was built in the Dutch Baroque style and was designed by Otta Hieser. The intricate cast iron elements most evident in the grand exterior staircase,...

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  • The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul Exterior | Prague Historicism The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul

    Perched imposingly atop the mystical Vysehrad fortress and impressively dominating the area is the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, a recognized landmark with its slender neo Gothic double spires. Construction of the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul started in the 11th century for the Czech nobility, the church was originally Romanesque. The beloved Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV had the structure rebuilt in the Gothic style in the 14th century, with a Baroque renovation following in...

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  • St. Ludmila | Church | Vinohrady St. Ludmila

    Overlooking Peace Square, this imposing neo Gothic church, built from 1888 to 1893, is gorgeous with its massive twin towers pointed towards the heavens. The exterior of this neo Gothic church is impressive, but the interior is simply stunning, with its multi colored walls painted with bright reds, vivid teals and lovely golden decorations. The interior bears a colorful resemblance to the great basilica of St. Mary in Krakow, Poland. Famous artists and sculptors of the time were commissioned to...

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