The famous House at the Minute - Prague, Czech Republic
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The House at the Minute - Prague
Waymark Code: WM1645X
Location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia
Date Posted: 05/01/2022
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member ScroogieII
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We got to the place where Old Town Square turns into another square - the so-called Small Square. The corner House at the Minute was built in the Late Gothic period, after 1564 it was renovated in the Renaissance style. At the end of the 16th century, it was enlarged by a third floor finished with a lunette cornice. In 1938, a bay window was pierced. Interestingly, Franz Kafka lived here at the end of the 19th century. The sgraffito on the façade mainly depicts themes from the Bible, Greek mythology and Renaissance legends of the time.
The name of the house is said to recall the tobacco and cigarette shop that was there in the 19th century, when a cigarette was smoked for just a minute.

"The house “At the Minute” in Prague’s Old Town Square is a typical Prague Renaissance house, adorned with much sgraffito. The famous writer Franz Kafka lived there with his parents at the end of the 19th century. The house “At the Minute” was connected with the neighbouring Pecoldovsky house and house “At the Cockerel”, and it was added to the Prague Old Town City Hall complex.

Originally a late-Gothic house from the 15th century, it was rebuilt in the Renaissance style in the 16th century. The house used to be called “At the White Lion” and was a pharmacy. A sculpture of a white lion is still there, at the corner of the building. The present name “At the Minute” means “at the diminutive” because of the little pieces of tobacco that used to be sold there.
Demolishing the house “At the Minute” and some houses around was considered in the 20th century. Still, fortunately, they were saved and later, in 1919, Renaissance sgraffito from the 17th century was discovered there.

The sgraffito depicts Habsburg rulers Philip II of Spain, Rudolph II, Maxmilian II and others. Several typical Renaissance themes can be seen in the sgraffito; for example, three sons fighting for their father’s heritage.

Inside the house “At the Minute”, there are some fragments of the original wall paintings and stucco decorations on the walls. Also, painted Renaissance ceilings were discovered there.

Franz Kafka in
The writer Franz Kafka lived in the house with his family from 1889 to 1896. His three sisters Elli, Valli and Ottla, were born there."

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Location City and Country: Prague, Czech Republic

Name of Location or Landmark: the House at the Minute

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