V Kotcích street
The Česká Spořitelna bank, formerly the Prague Savings Bank, on nearby Rytířská is one of Prague’s most impressive Neo-Classical buildings from the 19th century and is partly the work of Osvald Polívka, who later became famous for his Art Nouveau architecture. The lavish interior, featuring a grand staircase leading up to an ornate banking hall on the first floor, is definitely worth a look.
During the Communist era the bank housed a museum to the universally loathed Klement Gottwald, Czechoslovakia’s “First Working Class President”. Naturally the institution soon came to an end with the end of Communism in the country in 1989.