Friday, August 12, 2011:Ceiling Contest!
This is one of the strangest yet loveliest ceilings on the Prague concert venue scene.
Here are some hints:
* It used to be a church, whose cornerstone was laid in 1654
* Its original architect, Francesco Caratti, was fired
* Work on the design continued with Gio Decapauli and Christoph Dientzenhofer
* The Michna z Vacínova family financed the construction (that’s their coat of arms)
* The church was formally consecrated in 1709, but then deconsecrated in 1783
* It was then used as a sugar refinery’s warehouse
* Then it was the Main Post Office for Prague
* In 1850 it was remodelled as barracks for a police regiment
* In 1855 the nave was replaced by a giant staircase
* After World War II the building was allocated to the State Central Archive
Today it presents its collection of musical instruments to museum visitors and houses exhibitions and concerts. It is, of course, The Czech Museum of Music, on Karmelitská street. – oo
Photo Credits: Miroslav Setnička