The Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord is a dominant building in Prague's Vinohrady district. Designed by Slovene architect Josip Plecnik, it is one of the more modern churches in the city. It was consecrated on May 8 1932 and the Czech Catholic Church celebrated this 75th anniversary with a mass given by Cardinal Miloslav Vlk on Tuesday. Dita Asiedu takes a closer look at this historic Prague landmark:
The row continues over plans to build a new home for Prague's National Library. The priceless collection of books and manuscripts is set to move from the baroque Klementinum building by Charles Bridge to a new location on Prague's Letna plain. But the winning design - by Czech-born architect Jan Kaplicky - is attracting no small measure of controversy.
In today's One on One Jan's guest is Belgian developer Serge Borenstein who has lived in the Czech Republic since the 1990s and heads the Karlin Real Estate Group. Over the years Mr Borenstein has successfully invested billions of crowns into redeveloping Karlin, a formerly-industrial area that is growing more hip by the day. Serge Borenstein first visited the Czech capital in the early 1980s, describing his relationship with Prague as "love at first sight".
Renowned architect Jan Kaplicky's design for the new Czech National Library building in Prague - which was selected from several proposals submitted in a competition for the project - has engendered much controversy. The futuristic building, which will look like a huge green and purple octopus with a big glass eye, has provoked heated debate among supporters and opponents of the project. Now the Czech Chamber of Architects has entered the fray. They claim the winning design actually breaks the rules that were set for the competition and are going
Over a week ago, an international jury announced in Prague the winner of a tender for the project of the Czech National Library's new building. The jury decided unanimously that the project will be realised by the Czech-born, London-based architect Jan Kaplicky. The new library is expected to welcome the first readers in 2011 and the costs are estimated at over 2 billion crowns (93 million dollars).
Prague is famous for its mix of architectural styles, and you can sometimes meet centuries of different architecture in just one street. The city is not particularly well-known for modern architecture - but that should change in a few years, with the completion of an extremely unusual building by the Czech-born, London-based architect Jan Kaplicky.
One of the most controversial buildings in Prague, the futuristic Zizkov TV Tower, is this week celebrating its 15th anniversary. Long before that date, many people in Prague opposed the idea of such a tall and out-of-place building being erected in a largely residential area. But 15 years later, it now seems that Praguers are slowly but surely getting used to it.
In today's One on One Jan's guest is Zdenek Lukes, one of the country's most respected architectural historians, employed at the Office of the President's heritage section overseeing Prague Castle. Mr Lukes first began working there in 1990 and in our interview recalls changes that he's seen, the fate of a secret atomic bunker, and a famous visit by the "world's greatest rock n' roll band". Jan began by asking him first what coming to the Castle was like.
Looking at old photos of quaint parts of downtown Prague that were demolished at the turn of the 19th century to make way for fashionable apartment blocks, one easily gets nostalgic. But thanks to modern technologies, one day soon it will be possible to walk through the streets and lanes of the old Jewish quarter of Prague - but of course, only in virtual reality.
Culture Minister Vaclav Jehlicka visited the Moravian town of Prerov on Monday to support local officials who are trying to halt demolition work on a historical building. The Culture Ministry wants to put the early 20th century building back on the list of cultural monuments after having removed it six months ago. In the meantime, however, a local building firm had begun work on demolishing the building despite protests from architectural experts and the Culture Ministry.
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