On a clear, sunny, very cold day between Christmas and New Year’s, I visited this well-to-do area in Prague 6, just behind Prague Castle. It was more fascinating than I could imagine.
A NEW QUARTER FOR A NEW DEMOCRACY
When the new democracy of Czechoslovakia was founded in 1918, there was a need for housing for government officials who would ultimately staff the new ministries that were about to be established, and the area where Orechovka is now was chosen, probably due to its proximity to Prague Castle and the seat of Czech power.
The result was a mix of cottage-style houses like those found in English garden towns and Czech “Rondocubist” houses. Surrounding these apartment dwellings are large villas in Dutch, modernist, Baroque Revival and other styles. Orechovka became a one of the best places to live after its founding up until WWII, and many artists were drawn to the area because of its peace and quiet.
A THRIVING COMMUNITY CENTER
ENGLISH COTTAGE-STYLE HOUSES
LOMENA STREET - VIRTUAL ENGLAND
TOURS AND MORE
In the meantime, be well.