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The Gargoyles and Grotesques of Prague:

Prague is a city of great architecture.
It's filled with buildings in both traditional and unique Czech styles,
including Gothic, Baroque, Art Nouveau (Succession), Art Deco, and Cubist.
Architectural sculpture and ornament is everywhere.
Prague is a city of great architecture
keystone behind a tree Keystone with a Womans head leafy mustache
Keystones with faces
Bracket on the Hermes store in Prague wild face with tongue hanging out weathered bearded wiz
rough-tooled arches with keystones
Owl at the decorative arts museum find the four faces in this photo Face over an oel de boeuf window
Ghostly lion face

One of a pair of large Sphinxes
Giant housefly

This fly rests between the front paws of the Sphinx
Face in a shell

The shell is a traditional ornament form, but her it turns into a face.
sharply angled deco arch
Hercules figures with lion skin wraps

I visited in December, and these fellows were shivering in their skimpy lion robes.
lion in Old Town Square, Prague

This lion in Old Town Square plays a tambourine. The wall behind him is done in the "sgraffito" (like the word graffiti) technique, with the white surface scratched away to reveal the black underneath.
The thorns are meant to keep pigeons from roosting in his hair

The thorns are there to keep the pigeons from roosting.
Elaborate doorway on Wensaslaus Square Head jutting out from a doorway arch keystone Sunburst insice a scroll frame

The stonecarving workshop of Josef Borecky
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Workshop of Josef Borecky Fely and Josef in his Prague carving studio Joseph showed me the stone he works with

My wife and I visited Josef's charming stone carving studio in Prague,
where he introduced me to Czech marble.
You can see more of his work on his site,
The Triton Restaurant in Prague is in a wonderful sculpted grotto.

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