The Old Town Hall was established in 1338 as the seat of the Old Town administration. The oldest part of the complex consists of a beautiful Gothic tower with a bay chapel and a unique astronomical clock – known as the Orloj – where, every hour between 9 am and 11 pm, the twelve apostles appear. The Old Town Hall Tower is undergoing general repair. While its observation deck is open to public, the Prague Astronomical Clock will be repaired in 2018. Starting the 8th of January, the medieval clock will be taken apart. It will be back in place in August 2018.
Do you want to return to Prague some day? Do not forget to touch the statue on this bridge! A legend says that if you touch the statue of a dog at the base of the statue of John of Nepomuk (sv. Jan Nepomucky), you will return to Prague. The most famous sculptures on the Prague Charles Bridges: John of Nepomuk – created by M. Braun, F. M. Brokof. Christopher – created by Emanuel Max. St. Christofer was strongman who came from Canaan. He served God – he carried on his shoulders pilgrims to the other side of the wild river. He carried also Christ who has taken the form of a small child. So this scene shows the sculpture. Francis Xavier – Ferdinand Maxmilián Brokoff formed the statue 23 years. Ludmila with a little Wenceslas – St. Ludmila has […]
The medieval astronomical clock Prague announces every hour with 12 apostles passing by the window above the astronomical dial. There are symbolic sculptures moving aside at the same moment. It´s one of the most visited tourist attractions in Prague. The Astronomical Clock consists of the windows with apostles at the top, the Astronomical Dial, which is the oldest part, the Calendar Dial underneath and various sculptures around. Figures of Apostles The wooden figures of apostles with their attributes appear in the windows every hour, while at the same time some of the sculptures begin to move: the Death holds its hourglass and beckons to the Turkish man sculpture, which shakes its head in response. There is Vanity portrayed as a man with a mirror and Miserliness as a man with a moneybag, shaking a stick. The other statues, that don´t move, […]
Prague architecture diversity The greatest treasures of Prague are the architectural and artistic monuments. They are ranging in period from the Romanesque through the Gothic to the Baroque, Rococo, Classical, and Neoclassical. Prague architecture diversity… Romanesque architecture in Prague The most notable Romanesque monument is probably the 10th-century Church of St. George, behind the north wall of Hradčany. Gothic architecture in Prague To the west is its more massive successor, the basically Gothic St. Vitus’s Cathedral, the twin spires of which dominate the city skyline. Other Gothic monuments include the Týn Church on Staroměstské (“Old Town”) Square; the elegant Powder Tower, marking the former city walls in what is now the busy Příkopy shopping area; the restored Bethlehem Chapel, where Jan Hus preached in the 15th century; and the St. Agnes Convent, built in 1234 and notable for its collection of 14th-century paintings. […]
“At the Minute” U Minuty House is a stunning example of the high-Renaissance architecture. Covered in ornate sgraffito decorations depicting rulers from the Hapsburg house, Greek mythology as well as references to biblical and Renaissance legends, this house is easily recognizable with such an impressive facade. The house “At the Minute”, originally a late-Gothic structure from the 15th century, was rebuilt in Renaissance style in late 16th century. The house, called “At the White Lion”, was used to be a pharmacy. A sculpture of a white lion is still there, at the corner of the building. The present name “At the Minute” means “at the diminutive”, because of the tobacco in little pieces, that used to be sold there. The writer Franz Kafka lived in the house with his family from 1889 to 1896. His three sisters Elli, Valli and […]
There are 8 Prague islands: Císařská louka (Originally, this area was called the Royal Meadow. It was a wide bank on which the great coronation feast of Václav II was probably held. in 1297) Veslařský ostrov (“ostrov” means island in Czech) Slovanský ostrov Střelecký ostrov Dětský ostrov Kampa Štvanice Libeňský ostrov – called island, but actually it is a peninsula Trojský (Císařský) ostrov
Prague Charles Bridge details – interesting information and facts Charles Bridge (Karlův most) is an historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of the famous King Charles IV. This new bridge was originally called Stone Bridge (Kamenný most) or Prague Bridge (Pražský most). And, as the only means of crossing the river Vltava (Moldau) until 1841, Charles Bridge was therefore the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city’s Old Town. Prague Charles Bridge details: Charles bridge is 621 metres (2,037 ft) long and nearly 10 metres (33 ft) wide, following the example of the Stone Bridge in Regensburg, it was built as a bow bridge with 16 arches shielded by ice guards. It is protected by three bridge towers, two of them on the Lesser Quarter side and the third one on the Old Town side. The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, […]
Golden Lane Prague Do you want to see a street where houses are so small that they fit more to dwarfs than to people? The Golden Lane is a row of miniature houses glued literally to the walls of the Prague Castle. They are coloured and the origin of some of them goes back to the 16 th century. The renowned writer Franz Kafka lived in the Golden Lane Prague for some time. From Tripadvisor.com comments: “Go there first before the tour groups arrive!“ Gorgeous little lane but try and get there before everyone else. Once the tour groups arrive the tiny lane is jam packed and you can’t take a good picture let alone walk down the street. … It Was Not Build With Tourists in Mind…: Just few people used to live in these tiny houses, centuries ago. That’s what […]
the National Museum Prague building Enjoy a very special view of new and old worlds´ meeting. The National Museum Prague building on Wenceslas square and Tv Tower in Zizkov Prague district in 1 picture. TV Tower Prague was voted as one of the ugliest buildings in the world . Photo is taken from the last floor of the French institute. The National Museum – the biggest museum in Prague The Neo-Renaissance building housing the main building of the National Museum is the design of the famous Czech architect Josef Schultz and dates from the national revival period in Prague, at the end of the 19th century (1885-1890). ŽIŽKOV TV TOWER For the unique location in the center of Prague it is a popular attraction not only for the inhabitants of Prague and the Czech Republic, but also foreign tourists. Dominant […]
Prague swans… you can find these charmant creatures almost any time on this spot, very close to Franz Kafka Museum, Cihelna Street. It´s so much fun to feed the swans so do make sure you bring bread when you come here. The swans are very tame. There is a stunning view of Charles Bridge from there. Very relaxing place to take a deep breath, after long walks trough Prague.