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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 open hall with many pilars has many ht water taps from where one can fill up their mugs and drink the water.. it is caitioned that the water should not be drunk unless you have a medical clearance...  more »
  • Walking down the street and visiting Karlovy Vary for a couple of hours afforded the chance to see this area, which is popular with both locals and tourists. The architecture and the columns whether l...  more »
  • It was very interesting to see that there is just running water and you can take it as much as you would like. Architecture is very beautiful so I suggest to see it.  more »
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  • Beautiful architecture, with a great plaza in front. A lovely space to sit down, relax, and think about life sipping on your warm spring water.
  • What a gorgeous place. Amazing for taking pictures and has couple minimal water sources to drink.
  • Lots of tourists, even before the tourist season. Though it's quite peaceful - no cars allowed.
  • It's terrific. You can find Wi-Fi here if you need
  • 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.