Photographer's Note

Located in one of the most prominent positions inside Prague, the bottom corner of Wenceslas Square and Na Příkopě Street, is Koruna Palace, building in the style so-called geometric modernism with late secession - art deco, inspired by geometric motifs leaning towards cubism. Its name(koruna = crown) was taken from the building's corner tower.The top of this interesting building is covered by golden crown of pearls sits perched atop of the gray structure, surrounded by massive muscular statues. I remember during my student age, whole grand floor of the Koruna Building housed Prague's cheapest stand-up buffet. Such goodies like topinka (fried slice of bread with garlic and salt), vepřenka (rissole – melted fried pork on the slice of bread with onion and mustard), bramborák (potato pancake) or strawbery cocktail (mixed strawbery icecream with milk) was possible to buy here for absolutely unbeatable price. Now I have certain unbelief about salutary effect of such rating, but it is true that we,students,liked such food very much, thanks to its quantity and price. By the way, years before at the same place was the first prague´ s vending machine, which after coin in the slot delivered open sandwich or taped lemonade. Praguers called this vending machine „automat“ and since this time all stand-up buffets are called „automats“.

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Additional Photos by Jiri Vondracek (jiridracek) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 255] (2038)
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