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The Rudolfinium is an exhibition and concert hall located in the center of Prague, in the Nove Mesto district.
The opening of the hall took place in February 1885. The Rudolfinum got its name in honor of Prince Rudolf, who also took part in the opening ceremony. The construction of the building was carried out as a gift to Prague and the Czech people from the Czech Savings Bank. The architects of the project were Josef Schulz and Josef Zitek.
From 1918 to 1939, plenary sessions of the Czechoslovak parliament were held in Rudolfinum.
According to legend, Hitler ordered to remove the statue of Mendelssohn from the Rudolfinum, because of the nationality of this artist. Since the statues were not signed, the soldiers by mistake almost threw away the sculpture of Wagner. The mistake was noticed, in connection with which the soldiers were shot, and the statue of Wagner was returned to its place. Fortunately, the statue of Mendelssohn was still hidden, so the gallery's collection remained intact.
In 1990-1992, the building underwent a number of renovations. Today the Rudolfinum is the main concert venue of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
A monument to Anton Leopold Dvorak, the great Czech composer who was born near Prague, in the town of Nelagozeves, was erected in front of the Rudolfinum building.
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