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A new passage will make an easier route from Jungmannova street

A new passage is opening in downtown Prague on Dec. 11. The passage, as well as the house in which it is located, has been renovated by a private investor.

Rosetta Palace is located in Jungmannova 30/21. The passage creates a shortcut to Purkyňova and Vladislavova streets, and makes it easier to reach Spalena street. It will be open from 7 am to 8 pm daily.

The building is being renovated by Euclide Invest, and all work should be completed by the end of this year.

“This [passage] makes it easy for pedestrians to access the Quadrio shopping center, and the Národní třída metro and tram stops. Tourists will especially welcome the shorter path to the dynamic statue of Franz Kafka by artist David Černý,” Euclide Invest spokesman Jiří Bubla said, according to daily Pražský deník.

The building will have 20 luxury flats in the Art Deco style. “There is also 500 square meters office space and two commercial premises, where the fashion brand Zoot and a branch of the IF Café chain will open,” Bubla said.

“The reopened passage is waiting for a ceremonial opening, which will be held in January with the participation of city representatives. However, the passage will begin to work already, before the Christmas holidays, which will certainly save people part of their journey, "Bubla concluded.

The original facade in the German Expressionist style was made in 1922 by architects Victor Lampl and Otto Fuchs

Architect Martin Ibl designed the restoration project. The investment was previously announced to be in the area of Kč 300 million, due to some technical complications with the foundation resting on a sandy base.

Only the facade of the original building was preserved, which has drawn some criticism. Some architects objected to complete destruction of the original building save for the facade, but they were unsuccessful in having the destruction blocked.

“Once again, a piece of Prague's history disappeared. It will be a brand new house on which an old facade will be implanted,” Petr Zeman, the author of the Empty Houses (Prázdné domy) project, which maps abandoned buildings in the Czech Republic, said in early 2016.

Euclide Invest is run by Elena Pasquale. She is the sister of Alessandro Pasquale, head of Karlovarské mineral vody.

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