Dum u Minuty / The House at the Minute (Prague Old Town)
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
N 50° 05.201 E 014° 25.203
33U E 458511 N 5548429
Quick Description: The house "At the Minute" (Dum u Minuty) at the Prague Old Town Square is a typical Prague high-Renaissance house, adorned with numerous sgraffitoes...
Location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia
Date Posted: 1/26/2010 12:44:40 PM
Waymark Code: WM84JD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Shebi Team
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Long Description:

At the Prague Old Town Square is located the beautiful example of the high-Renaissance architecture, the house "At the Minute". Covered in ornate sgraffito decorations depicting rulers from the Hapsburg house, Greek mythology as well as references to biblical and Renaissance legends, this house is easily recognizable with such an impressive facade.

The house "At the Minute", originally a late-Gothic structure from the 15th century, was rebuilt in Renaissance style in late 16th century. The house, called "At the White Lion", was used to be a pharmacy. A sculpture of a white lion is still there, at the corner of the building. The present name "At the Minute" means "at the diminutive", because of the tobacco in little pieces, that used to be sold there.

The writer Franz Kafka lived in the house with his family from 1889 to 1896. His three sisters Elli, Valli and Ottla were born there.

Date of origin:: 1564 (house), 1610 (sgraffito decorations)

Architect(s): unknown

Style: High Renaissance (ca. 1500–1550)

Web site of the object (if exists): [Web Link]

Type of building (structure): Town-house

Staroměstské náměstí 2 Praha 1 - Staré Město CZ-110 00 Czech Republic

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