Communist Era

Architecture in the Communist Era has been described either as grandiose (Stalinist architecture), or concrete and gray. Some people simply cannot stand it, resent it really, while others (usually westerners who did not have to live in a Communist State) deem it exotic. You be the judge. Just take one look around at the surrounding structures of Prague, the panelaky, otherwise known as a concrete jungle, and see how you feel about Communist era architecture. Sure some of the grandiose places or palaces built for the politicians are lovely (such as the Crowne Plaza Hotel), but the concrete housing projects built for all of society are literary concrete jungles located on the outskirts of town. You may wonder why these buildings are still here, try to count the concrete buildings; they house many many inhabitants.

  • Prague Communist Era Architecture | Former Parliament Building The Former Parliament Building

    At the top of Wenceslas Square next to the majestic National Museum is an unattractive Communist era building. Resembling a giant black glass table that just so happened to sit on another building, this eyesore is anything but pleasing. From 1966-1973 the old building that housed the original Exchange was destroyed to make way for the Communist Parliament, a glass monstrosity with two giant pillars. The building is still complete with nuclear shelters. The demands of the Velvet Revolution were...

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  • Expo 58 Restaurant | Prague's Architecture Expo 58 Restaurant

    In the lush green space that is Letna Park you will find a most interesting and simply put, magical building. The Expo 58 Restaurant was designed by Frantisek Cubr, Josef Hruby and Zdenek Pokorny for the Expo 58 Brussels World’s Fair and helped to bring international fame and respect to the Czechoslovak Pavilion, which ended up winning the sought after award for best pavilion. The building was disassembled after the fair and brought back to Prague and placed in Letna...

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  • Prague Communist Era Architecture | Hotel Crowne Plaza Hotel Crowne Plaza

    Hotel Crowne Plaza, formerly known as Hotel Druzba, Hotel Cedok, International Hotel and even Holiday Inn, is the largest Stalinist building in Prague. Built between 1952 and 1954 under the watchful eye of the Minister of Defense Alexej Cepicka, the building was a fantasy come true for Stalin, as it is a miniature copy of the Seven Sisters group of skyscrapers in Moscow. The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw is similar as well. The Hotel Crowne Plaza is...

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  • Kotva | Communist Architecture in Prague Kotva Department Store

    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....

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  • Prague Communist Era Architecture | Zizkov Television Tower The Zizkov Television Tower

    The Zizkov Television Tower at 216 meters is the highest structure in the city of Prague. Built between 1985 and 1992, started by the Communists, the tower was once resented by local inhabitants, as the megalomaniac tower forever changed the skyline of Prague and also destroyed part of a centuries old Jewish cemetery where the foundations of the tower are located. The reputation among Czechs has changed over time due to a strange art installation in 2000 from the famous...

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  • Prague Communist Era Architecture | Panelaks The Panelaks

    The Panelaks are concrete monstrosities located on the outskirts of town, situated on the perimeter of Prague. These housing projects were built to house a classless society with everyone living and coexisting side by side in harmony. The Panelaks were actually inspired by Le Corbusier, who wished for people to live in small efficient cities, that were practical, simple, and comfortable. Borrowing the design of Le Corbusier did not, however leave any inspiring structure, instead it left behind nothing more...

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