Every city worth it’s salt has one of these – an object that splits public opinion right down the middle because its aesthetic appeal is questionable, to say the least. While Paris has the Centre Pompidou, which caused an uproar in the rather conservative population when it was first built, Prague boasts the Žižkov Tower, a 216 m tall, concrete, television transmitter from the 1980s, looming over the city like an alien mothership.
Most people usually get accustomed to its architectural outcast, however Žižkov tower seems to have missed this fate, ranking prominently as one of the world’s ugliest buildings, year in and year out. And the fact that it has been adorned by giant sculptures of faceless babies (made by David Černý) crawling around, in every which way, has only made people add adjectives, such as “creepy” and “bizarre”, to the description.
However, while most people will probably never find the tower charming, I must admit that, like many locals that live in the area, I find it fascinating.
After undergoing a reconstruction last year, the Žižkov tower has recently opened to public, offering a breathtaking 360° view of the city, as well as a restaurant and bar (perfect if you don’t want to pay to go all the way up). One of the cabins has even been converted into an exclusive one room hotel, which while way out of the price range for most of us mortals (expect a thousand euros a night), could be a once in a lifetime experience.