GIN­GER & FRED

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Due to its shape, the Danc­ing House has be­come a widely used nick­name for the build­ing, but it is also known as Gin­ger and Fred af­ter famed dancers Fred As­taire and Gin­ger Rogers. It’s formed by two cen­tral tow­ers; the one known as Gin­ger is made of glass and steel, while Fred has a con­crete body and a metal head. The un­usual ar­chi­tec­ture ini­tially caused some con­tro­versy, with crit­ics say­ing it doesn’t fit its his­tor­i­cal sur­round­ings, but such ar­gu­ments grad­u­ally dis­ap­peared as it drew the at­ten­tion of an in­creas­ing num­ber of tourists. The Czech Na­tional Bank is­sued a gold coin in 2005 with the Danc­ing House on it as the fi­nal piece of its “10 Cen­turies of Ar­chi­tec­ture” se­ries. So far, a restau­rant, a bar and a gallery have pro­vided vis­i­tors a chance to look in­side.

PETR DAVID JOSEK — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

A view of the Danc­ing House in Prague, Czech Repub­lic, Tues­day. For many of mil­lions tourists from all over the globe who flood the pic­turesque Czech cap­i­tal ev­ery year, to take a selfie in front of Prague’s Danc­ing House has be­come as ob­vi­ous part of their visit as a walk on a me­dieval Charles Bridge. Now, they have an op­tion to stay there as part of it has been turned into a ho­tel with a mag­nif­i­cent view from its rooms.

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