Thursday, 15 July 2010

Nusle Town Hall

A short walk from Vršovice Railway Station brings you to Náměstí Bratři Synků, named after two brothers, Otto and Viktor Synek, resistance members who were killed by the Nazis in 1941-42. Look south from the square named in their honour and you will see the neo-renaissance Nusle Town Hall, built in 1908, which houses the offices of the district of Prague 4.

Its splendid arcaded balcony, facade and clock are all typical of the decorative fervour of the time, as is the declaration of Nusle's independence in the letters cut into the pennants (MN = Město Nusle: the Town of Nusle). To assert this fierce sense of identity even further, the interior of the hall carries the legend 'Nusle Sobě' (Nusle unto itself), echoing the famous slogan 'Národ Sobě (the Nation unto itself) which appears over the stage of Prague's National Theatre.

On the side of the square is a bust with an inscription commemorating another hero of the resistance, Karel Kutlvašr, who received the German surrender here in 1945 but who was later imprisoned by the Communists.

Náměstí Bratři Synků, at one time a marketplace and currently a major tram stop, is slated to become one of the main stations on the new line D of the Prague Metro, if and when it's ever built.

2 comments:

Boom Nisanart said...

Beautiful old building !!!!!

Jilly said...

What a beautiful building, Alex. You've captured it so well in the soft light. As always such interesting history with your photographs.

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