It was here on 28th October 1918 that Czechoslovakian independence was proclaimed. Later in the November of 1989, it was the location of the first meetings between the Communist Government and the Civic Forum. The building underwent a complete refurbishment between 1994 and 1997, producing the multi-
Externally the building is decorated with statues, detailed stonework, gold trimmings, magnificent fresco’s and colourful stained glass. The inside carries on where the outside has left off with the use of carved white stone again adorned with gold trimmings, and illuminated through the use of hundreds of lights. The main concert hall is reached by climbing a marble staircase.
A wide range of events are held here including exhibitions and conferences, but if you enjoy classical music, this is the place in Prague to come and listen to it. The hall, named Smetana Hall, which boasts acoustics and is home to the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Smetana Hall has seating for 1200 and has been decorated with works of art by artist that were in the forefront of the Czech Art Nouveau movement, including Alfons Mucha, the walls have been adorned with frescos by Karel Spillar.
Municipal House is located in Republic Square and stands adjacent to Powder Tower and within easy walking from the Old Town Square, and Wenceslas Square. Municipal house is a magnificent Art Nouveau style building that was constructed on the site of the former Royal Court Palace. Construction began in 1905, and the building was officially opened in 1912. It contains a superb Concert Hall, along with a number of Music Rooms, a beer hall style restaurant, a further French restaurant, and quite a stylish café. It is also the site of the first American style bar in the Czech Republic.