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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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  • Walking around with a bowl (sold at newsstands) filled with water Spa coming from different sources is still clean and beautiful!
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  • I was in Karlovy Vary for the first time, but I was impressed with the architecture of the city and how these columns with the sources perfectly fit into the center of the city. It was cold and my husband drank hot water with sources. I don't know how effective it is, but it's tasty and cold well warms.
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  • Another magical place that the visitor doesn't disregard. Palm trees all give an exotic touch to the perplexing. Lots of sources, where you can pick up once again in a crucible and taste. Each is a sign with the name, the description and degree Celsius, in short, perfectly maintained and clean place. There are cheap toilet.
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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!!!