This evening will be dedicated to relaxing and reconnecting with your IPEBLA friends and peers at the Hilton Prague Old Town. The night will start off with a cocktail reception followed by dinner.
Monday, May 29, 2017 l 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM l Pilsen Hall at Obecni Dum
Delegates and guests will depart the hotel and enjoy a quick drive to Pilsen Hall. At the current site of the Municipal House (Obecni Dum), the residence of King Vaclav IV was built at the beginning of the 14th century. In 1631 the shabby royal seat was renovated and the Archbishop's seminary was directed here. At the end of the 19th century/beginning of the 20th, the entire area was demolished and construction work was begun on a social and representative house for the capital city. The Municipal House became a splendid example of the Czech Art Nouveau. Located in the basement of the Obecni Dum, the restaurant Pilsen Hall is beautiful in an earthy way. Tiled murals, wooden benches, gleaming fittings and stained glass windows make this a cathedral of Czech pub food.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 l 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM l St. Agnes Convent, Gala Dinner
St. Agnes Convent was founded by the Premyslid Princess Anezka (Agnes), sister of King Vaclav I in 1231 as the first convent of the Order of Poor Clares north of the Alps. It was the first Gothic building in Prague. After the death of its founder, the great era of the convent ended and its importance waned. Shortly after the mid 16th century the Poor Clares were evicted and the building fell into the hands of the Dominicans for roughly seventy years. Before its demolition as part of the "Old Town Slum Clearance" it was saved through the efforts of the Union for the Renewal of the Convent of the Blessed Agnes. It was renovated in 1963 to meet the exhibition needs of the National Gallery.