Where Is This Ceiling?

Opus OsmWhere Is This Ceiling? …

Opus Osm regularly presents a quiz challenging you to identify the ceiling of a performance venue. And here’s our latest candidate.

Can you identify it?

This one is a little tricky. It’s not somewhere deep in the cellars at the music academy (HAMU) or underneath a church.

In fact, it’s not even in Prague!

But hopefully, you’ve been there – or will go there this fall for concerts or a special annual event.

Need some more clues? Here they are – and the answer is at the bottom of the page, in clue #10. We’ve also included a short readers’ survey, and we’d appreciate it if you’d take a second to choose your answer. Thanks!

1. The village where this ceiling eventually was installed was first settled probably sometime in the 10th century.

2. In the 14th century, the church of St Andrew was built, and the little town where this ceiling resides was entered into a written record in 1352. The ceiling is located across the road from St Andrew’s.

3. In the 16th century, the town was owned by Florian Gryspek of Gryspach, but then he left to build a Renaissance palace nearby.

4. In 1623, ownership transferred to the Lobkowicz family, which still owns the local castle.

5. However, the ceiling in our contest isn’t in a castle; it’s in the modest family home of a composer who was born in 1841.

6. A few months after the composer’s birth, this family home and its original ceiling were severely damaged in a fire. The building was rebuilt as it is today.

7. The composer first encountered music (probably under this very ceiling) when his father, a butcher, played the zither.

8. During the composer’s childhood a railroad track was laid and a train connection added to property just across the street from this ceiling. Trains were a fascination for the composer for the rest of his life.

9. Today the family home and this ceiling house a museum containing a permanent collection on the composer’s childhood and youth.

10. And every fall, visitors can take the “Dvořák Walk” from nearby Kralupy nad Vltavou to Nelahozeves, and the Antonín Dvořák Memorial in Nelahozeves, where this ceiling resides. — oo

Photo Credits: Miroslav Setnička

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