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    Anonymous

    I didn't really know either to put this into the Slovene or Czech section, but since most Hráský's buildings that I know are in Slovenia, I put it the Slovene section.

    Jan Vladimír Hráský (1857-1939) was a Czech architect, engineer, builder and hydrologist. He was a professor at the K.u.K. Czech Technical University in Prague and its rector in the years 1900-01. In the years 1884-97, when he worked in Ljubljana, he was the Provincial Structural Engineer.

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    In Slovenia he built a few important buildings in Neo-Reneissance style.

    In Ljubljana Ljubljanska opera (Ljubljana Opera House), which is today also the building of Slovene National Opera and Ballet Theatre, was built in the years 1890 to 1892 after the plans of Jan Vladimír Hráský and Anton Hruby.

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    [img width=700 height=465]http://siol.sdn.si/sn/img/11/336/634584332015142920_opera.jpg” />

    He also built the Narodni dom (first called Slovanski dom) in Celje in 1895-1896. It was a very important building in the region as Slovene cultural activities, oposing the Germanisation, were held there. In response Brang's Deutsches Haus was built in 1905-06 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celjski_dom). Today Narodni dom is the seat of the municipality of Celje.

    [img width=700 height=491]http://www.ce.sik.si/file/2530/1906.jpg” />

    [img width=700 height=477]http://www.dezela-celjska.si/sites/www.dezela-celjska.si/files/styles/large/public/celje-169643.jpg” />

    [img width=700 height=466]http://siol.sdn.si/sn/img/12/103/634698334637248200_obcina_celje.jpg” />

    [img width=700 height=525]http://www.bojan-adamic.si/wp-content/themes/adamic/dogodki/2012-02/celje-13-feb-2012-Narodni-dom-Cel.jpg” />

    Perhaps his most importan work in Slovenia is the building of the University of Ljubljana, the Carniolan Provincial Manor (Kranjski deželni dvorec) in Congress Square. The building was the seat of the Carnioland Landtag and from 1919 onwards the rectorate of the university. It was built in 1902 to replace the old Landtag headquarters that were damaged in an earthquake several years before.

    [img width=700 height=483]http://www.grboslovje.si/shramba/univerza.jpg” />

    [img width=700 height=466]http://images0.zurnal24.si/slika-_original-1358713124-840788.jpg” />

    [img width=700 height=459]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9c/Univerza_v_Ljubljani_1929.jpg/800px-Univerza_v_Ljubljani_1929.jpg” />

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    Among his works are also the water tower in Kranj (1897) and the water reservoir of Poděbrady (1928). He also designed the railroad bridge in Radeče.

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    Water tower in Kranj

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    Water reservoir in Poděbrady

    I would be glad if any Czech members could tell me if he was "famous" in Czechia as an architect aswell. Was he known for something besides being rector of the Technical University? Did he construct any other buildings in Czechia or elsewhere?

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    Anonymous

    I didn't knew this is work of some Czech. Interesting. I can say his buildings are very good in design. Somehow i always imagined the opera house is from older era not late 19th century. My bad. :D

    #420712

    Anonymous

    Yeah, Operna hiša looks great because its base is round. Also the Landtag (univerza) look really good to me. But my favourite is our Narodni dom. It was a very important building for Slovene Styrians of this area and it still is.

    Actually Slovenes from the time of our national revival wanted to make a truly Slavic apearence in Slovene cities. And what is more Slavic but still in the same country than Prague? So they hired Czech architects to make similar building like in Prague. That was easier to do in Carniolan cities as the majority was Slovene, Styrian Cities, however, Maribor the most, had a German majority. Thatfor it was harder to raise the money and built any buildings as they often found a respond in German building (Celjski dom is the German countra upon Narodni dom). So there aren't many such buildings, except Narodni domovi in Celje and Maribor (with a few more I don't know).

    #420713

    Anonymous

    I would be glad if any Czech members could tell me if he was "famous" in Czechia as an architect aswell. Was he known for something besides being rector of the Technical University? Did he construct any other buildings in Czechia or elsewhere?

    I haven't heard of Jan Vladimír Hráský before.
    The Czech-Slovenian "architectural-cultural exchange" goes both ways, Prague and especially Prague Castle wouldn't be what it is today, if it wasn't for Jože Plečnik, who left an indelible mark in our capitol.
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    I include Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord as an example of his work. One of my favorite structures in Prague.

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    He deserves a topic of his own!

    #420714

    Anonymous

    Yes, Plečnik is still considered our greatest architect here. He built Tromostovje, probably the most famous bridge in Slovenia. I don't know much of his work in Czechia, but here he made some important buildings like NUK (Narodna in univerzitetna knjižnica), Ljudska hranilnica in Celje etc. His design for a Slovene parliament (which was never built) is on the back of the Slovene 10 cents coin.

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    Plečnik's design for "Katedrala svobode" on 10 C coin

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    Instead of it, our parliament is this … thing :(

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    Tromostovje

    [img width=700 height=525]http://kraji.eu/PICTURES/korosko_savinjska/celje_z_okolico/celje/staro_mestno_jedro/IMG_9278_celje_ljudska_posojilnica_big.jpg” />
    Ljudska Hranilnica

    I like the church of his that you posted. It looks pretty good, because I don't like all of his works …
    I'm actually not surprised that you haven't heard of Hráský before. Neither is he well known here. But he made some very important and beautiful buildings with great national or regional importance, so I dedicated this topic to him and his work in Slovene Lands.

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