August 19, 2007

Prague's copy of Paris' l’Hôtel des Invalides

Prague - Invalidovna
Prague's Invalidovna is a copy of Paris' l’Hôtel des Invalides. This baroque complex was build during the first half of the 18th century as a hotel for injured soldiers. It's military archive now. And it is in a very bad shape. The flood in Prague few years ago leave its marks here, too. On the other hand it has that strange charisma of old times. Something you won't feel in the renovated buildings.

I took this picture from the back of Invalidovna. There's a small park in front of it. There's a metro station nearby (also called Invalidovna). But this part of Prague, even though being close to center, is an abandoned place with a small village feel. It's just that, especially during the sunny Sunday afternoon, when the time stops here completely, workers slowly drinking their beers, two old ladies sitting on a park bench, silently, the only grocery shop around having only one customer - with ten employees who would help him but being too obsessed with nothing-doing. I kinda love it here :)

Canonet QL17 + Ilford Pan 100 -> Canonet QL17 photo series

PS: I found StumbleUpon website yesterday and one of the sites I liked was New York Changing with photos of New York from 1930s and then the exact same photos from present. If you have nothing to do, I recommend spending some time here. I enjoyed it. And after that you can visit New York by Lucy & Brian and New York City by Ming the Merciless. Isn't Daily Photo great? :)

PPS: Post mentioning Paris just wouldn't be complete without link to Paris Daily Photo. You can even search for Hotel des Invalides here.