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The Municipal House is a civic building and concert hall located in Prague, Czech Republic. It's located on Náměstí Republiky 5 next to the Powder Gate.
The Royal Court palace used to be located on the site of the Municipal House. From 1383 until 1485 the King of Bohemia lived on the property. After 1485, it was abandoned.It was demolished in the early 20th century. Construction of the current building started in 1905.It opened in 1912.The building was designed by Osvald Polívka and Antonín Balšánek.
The Municipal House was the location of the Czechoslovak declaration of independence.
The building is of the Art Nouveau architecture style. The building exterior has allegorical art and stucco. There is a mosaic called Homage to Prague by Karel Špillar over the entrance.On either side are allegorical sculpture groups representing The Degradation of the People and The Resurrection of the People by Ladislav Šaloun.Smetana Hall serves as a concert hall and ballroom. It has a glass dome.There is artwork by Alfons Mucha,Jan Preisler and Max Švabinský, too.
Today, the building is used as concert hall, ballroom, civic building, and as the location of cafes and restaurants. Many of the rooms in the building are closed to the public and open only for guided tours.

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La Casa Municipale è situata nella Città Vecchia di Praga.
La Casa Municipale è uno dei più significativi edifici in art nouveau di Praga. Esso sorge nei pressi del Palazzo della Corte Reale, che fu residenza, tra il 1383 e il 1485, di monarchi, e che poi fu abbandonato per secoli ed infine demolito all'inizio del XX secolo, per sostituirlo con un centro culturale (1905-1911), ovvero l'attuale Casa Municipale. L'esterno è abbellito con stucchi e statue allegoriche. La casa, costituita da un corpo centrale e due ali simmetriche, si sviluppa di fianco alla Porta delle Polveri.

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