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Mill Colonnade, Karlovy Vary

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The Mill Colonnade is a large colonnade containing several hot springs in the spa town of Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. The structure is one of the traditional symbols of the town.Design and receptionThe Neo-Renaissance structure has a nave, two aisles and measures 132m long by 13m wide. There are 124 Corinthian columns. Twelve statues representing the twelve months of the year sit above the portico. There is a raised orchestra space for the spa orchestra which plays regular, free concerts.Architect Josef Zítek, who also designed the National Theatre and Rudolfinum in Prague, designed the structure, which was built between 1871-1881. The original design called for a two level colonnade, but a lack of funds restricted it to one level. Construction proceeded very slowly and costs grew higher. The structure was initially reviled by critics and compared to a bed of carrots or a bowling alley; at the time it was finished, many believed it had blemished the center of town.The Mill Colonnade was extended in 1893 to include the Rock Spring. The structure was restored in 1982, and stone reliefs portraying historic moments in Karlovy Vary history were added to the orchestra space in 1995-1996. By 1949, the adjacent portion of the Tepla River was bridged over in front of the Mill Colonnade, creating a plaza.
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  • The Pavilion, where the main sources, including geyser is the quintessential resort.
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  • The Mill Colonnade are the main source where you can drink water and take a walk on the Boardwalk. Developed is the hottest source. To drink water need to read chtokomu fit for health reasons. You can go to a local doctor that he prescribed drinking water scheme. Good luck!
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  • It is difficult to describe an individual object. I think it's easiest to just visit Karlovy Vary! Incredibly beautiful Street, you can walk for hours.
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  • Super ! The city is so colorful and beautiful 👌 If their weren't cars , it would seem like we traveled back in time.... this place gives you the taste from Mother Natures belly 👍 hot springs from miles down below.
  • Great springs, a historic place with lovely architecture but very touristic
  • Lively place. Theres also natural hot water.
  • Walking along the columns was something that made me feel as if I was travelling back to some centuries ago⛲🏰. A very well preserved monumental work of the town still functioning, a must to see for visitors of Karlovy Váry👍👏. Visited on 03.12.2015
  • just brilliant!!!