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Stairway of the Hotel Mercure, Prague, Czech Republic

The main staircase of the Hotel Mercure Praha Old Town (now renamed the Hotel Century) at Na poříčí 7, Praha, Česká Republika. The neo-baroque 19th century building's prior incarnations included being the offices of Arbeiter-Unfall-Versicherungs-Anstalt für das Königreich Bömen in Prag ("The Worker's Accidents Insurance Institute for the Kingdom of Bohemia in Prague"), where Franz Kafka, the famous fiction writer, used to work from 1908 to 1922.


Kafka's office was situated on the second floor, in what is now room 214. According to the hotel, the room is "decorated with old photographs of his parents and ladies who touched his life." The hotel also features several vitrines of his personal effects and some educational displays.


While Kafka was a good employee, but the hotel omits the fact that Kafka often claimed that he despised the job. Kafka's father often referred to the job as a "Brotberuf" or "bread job" -- one taken only to pay the bills.


More about Kafka here:


This was added to the Eye for Science pool more as a rumination on various principles rather than an explicit example of science. The curves of the stairway recall logarithmic spirals and helices, the arches recall mathematical curves, etc. What else do people see in the picture? Why choose a helix as a building form?


Processed in Adobe Photoshop CS2. DSC_7305 mc

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Taken on September 22, 2008