Some houses attract attention through their beauty. Other abodes are known for their size. Some are examples of unusual architecture. They are unique. This is not the case of the Faust House. It is not an architectural wonder or a house of amazing grace. It has a place in Prague’s history because of its unsavory reputation
Faust never did live in Faust House. Others, considered questionable, did. The story begins in the 14th century with Prince Václav of Opava. He was a dabbler in the art of alchemy. In the 16th century, there was the alchemist Edward Kelley, a man of quite some renown. The pattern repeated itself in the 18th century. This time, Count Ferdinand Antonin Mladota of Solopysky took up residence. He experimented with chemistry. So, too did Jakob Krucinekc and his two sons. In this case, nearby residents were well aware of the event. Holes appeared in the ceiling from certain experiments. In the 19th century, the Faust house attracted another eccentric. Karl Jaeing painted his walls with funeral texts. He also had an operational gallows. He further sealed the idea of a Faust House in the eye of the public by sleeping in a wooden coffin.
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