The Municipal Hall and Powder Tower

The Powder Tower, as its name suggests, was used as a store for gunpowder on one time. Here are two photographs of the tower one taken from each side. It was begun in around the third quarter of the 15th century, and was remodelled in the 19th century. Once there were eight of these gateways into the Old Town Square. Displays within the tower show its development. Now you can climb to the top, if you feel fit enough!

The Powder TowerThe other side of the Powder Tower

The Municipal Cultural Hall, or Obecní Dům, is a magnificent example of art deco design. It is attached to the Powder Tower and was built on the ruins of the ancient royal court. Completed in 1911, it still contains almost all the original furnishings and decorations. On the ground floor is a French restaurant (quite expensive!) but downstairs is the more affordable Plzeňská Restaurace. Its walls are beautifully tiled, and the wooden chairs remind one of Alice in Wonderland! The waiters are splendidly attired with pure white aprons, very much in style with the building.

The Municipal House

The building contains the Smetana Hall, a concert hall where many musical concerts are held, including the beginning of the Prague Spring music festival. A guided tour is recommended, so that you can see the spectacular interior of this building, which includes decoration and paintings by artists such as Alfons Mucha and Jan Preisler.

Inside the Municipal Hall