Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Monday's House Insignia of the Day Revealed - U zlaté koruny (U bílého koníčka)

U zlaté koruny (U bílého koníčka)
At the Golden Crown (At the White Horse)

The reason for the two names is that in the mid-18th century, two Gothic houses were joined together during a late Baroque reconstruction after several other renovations.  The interiors of the buildings were refurbished in the 1820s to an early Classicist style, but the Gothic character was preserved in the cellars.  Wooden Baroque features were preserved as well, such as the wainscoting, window shutters and a joist ceiling.  Unlike many others, this house insignia is the original.  From the 16th until the 18th century, a pharmacy was housed inside the building.  Today, it's home to a glass and souvenir shop called Blue Praha

Location:  Karlova ulice 48/455, Staré Město (Old Town)