Monday, June 7, 2010

Prague, Czech Republic

Since im in a rather joyful mood, due to Rafa's achievement..I decided that instead of the initially planned number of 3 cards...that I go to 5 today :)

I guess that the majority of cards im showing you from the Czech Republic, come from Prague, but I do try to give you a chance to see different parts of the city at least.
And this time im presenting you the famous Dancing Building....It was designed by Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić in co-operation with Canadian architect Frank Gehry on a vacant riverfront plot (where the previous building had been destroyed during the Bombing of Prague in 1945). The building was designed in 1992 and completed in 1996.
The very non-traditional design was controversial at the time. Czech president Václav Havel, who lived for decades next to the site, had supported it, hoping that the building would become a center of cultural activity.
Well, due to its uniqueness i think, it DID become famous....though i always wonder how does it feel to be on the inside....
Originally named Fred and Ginger (after Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - the house resembles a pair of dancers) the house stands out among the Baroque,Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings for which Prague is famous. Others have nicknamed it "Drunk House".
On the roof is a French restaurant with views of the city. The building's other tenants include several multinational firms

the stamp is from a set of 2 issued in 2004 representing Technical Monuments.

thanks for reading. I promise that i wont be making Rafa-related posts for a while :)

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