Týn Yard (Týnský dvůr) – Ungelt Prague One of the most important historical sites in Prague, this block of buildings, probably built in the 11th century, was originally a fortified merchants’ yard, where customs duties – ungelt – were collected. The most important building here is the Granovský Palace with its arcaded loggia, one of Prague’s best preserved Renaissance treasures with beautiful sgraffito, and murals that depict scenes from the Bible and from Greek mythology. The oldest name of the area between the churches of St. James (Jakub) and Virgin Mary before Týn is Týn or Týn Yard. The word týn means an enclosure, a fenced area, the former word otýniti used to mean to enclose. It originated from the Celtic word dunum – a hillfort, a fenced area, a fence; from Germanic tuna, German Zaun, English town. It was a fenced merchant yard, which according to archaeological research from the 1980s-90s originated in the 12thcentury. […]
A small square by the National Theater in Prague was renamed after the late president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel. Vaclav Havel memorial was also unveiled there in 2016. Václav Havel (5 October 1936 – 18 December 2011) was a Czech writer and dramatist famous for his work in the Theatre of the Absurd, who became a politician and served as the last President of Czechoslovakia, and the first President of the Czech Republic.
Beautiful view of Prague from Vysehrad, meaning the “upper castle” in Czech. Vysehrad is a historic fort located in Prague, southeast of Prague Castle, on the right bank of the Vltava River. It was built probably in the 10th century.
National Theater rooftop In the exterior, the loggia stands out with Corinthian columns above the main entrance, preceded in front of the building. It bears the statues of Apollo and nine Muses by Bohuslav Schnirch. On both stair pylons there are horse trigas with goddesses of Victory, which were mounted in 1911. The original trigas by Schnirch were destroyed in a fire and consequently they were newly created by his disciples, sculptors František Rous, Emanuel Hallmann and Ladislav Šaloun.
Kind of Paris Champs-Élysées :). Just kind of, of course. BUT Prague Wenceslas Square is really a boulevard/avenue, measuring 750m long by 60m wide. The history of the square goes back to 1348, when Charles IV (Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor) designed it as a horse market. After 600 years it is now a national symbol and the place where most demonstrations take place. It’s a perfect place for going shopping, meeting friends or just hanging out. It is in fact one of Praguers’ favorite meeting places (“at the Horse’s tail”) and a great spot to start your itinerary around the city. At the top of Wenceslas Square, there is the monumental National Museum, and just off to the left is the Prague State Opera. Shopping Wenceslas Square is not only the home of Czech history and the cultural centre of Prague, but […]
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. […]