Josef Mocker

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Josef Mocker
Plan of the Green Tower in Pardubice

Josef Mocker (born November 22, 1835 in Cítoliby , Bohemia , † January 16, 1899 in Prague ) was a Bohemian architect and cathedral builder .


Mocker studied at the Technical University in Prague and at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna . As a member of Emperor Franz Joseph's Czech Academy for Science, Spoken Word and Art , he was also a senior building officer.

He represented a neo-Gothic purism . In other words, unlike many of his colleagues in historicism , he tried to imitate the Gothic in a pure and unadulterated manner. However, his critics accused him of ignoring the character of the buildings. He also wrote articles on building restoration for several specialist magazines. He took part in the restoration and remodeling of a number of castles, palaces and churches and also designed new buildings. In 1873 he was commissioned to complete the St. Vitus Cathedral as the successor to Joseph Kranner . Under his direction the Wenceslas Chapel and the south tower were renewed and the west facade with the two towers was built. After his death, Kamil Hilbert took over the construction management.


Most important projects

Web links

Commons : Josef Mocker  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague - building history and building description . 2012, p. 12.