– Prague Sights

May 25, 2017
Prague spires

Prague spires

Prague spires Prague spires are mentioned even in the famous nickname of Prague as a “The city of a hundred spires” or “The city of one hundred spires” (Stovezata Praha in Czech language). So, is it true? Has Prague really 100 spires? This name come from beginning of 19th century and the author was Josef Hormayer – Czech writer. Number of spires in Prague was 103 as it was counted by Czech mathematician Bernard Bolzano. Indeed, if we look around from one of the look-out spots we can literally see a forest of towers and spires. These towers and spires embellish the numerous religious buildings as well as draw our attention to some remarkable communal buildings. The historical water-towers are also very significant in Prague’s panorama. In the past they were essential for life in the city the same way […]
April 26, 2017
Municipal House Prague

Municipal House

Municipal House Prague History of the Municipal House Prague: It is one of the most famous Art Nouveau buildings in Prague. Municipal House is situated on the Republic Square (no. 5), in the neighborhood of the Powder Tower. It serves mainly ceremonial purposes. On the site of today’s Municipal House Prague was originally the residence of Czech kings, King’s Court. This complex was built around 1380. Architecture: Municipal House Prague was built in 1905-1912 on the basis of winning the architectural competition by architects Anthony Balšánek and Polivka. Decorated by the most significant Czech painters and sculptors of the early 20th century: Mikolas Ales, Karel Novak, Joseph Wenceslas Myslbek, Alfons Mucha and Jan Preisler. Its interior includes several halls, the largest of which is the Smetana Hall, serving as concert (for 1,200 listeners) Besides the concerts there are organized exhibitions and […]
April 26, 2017
Strahov Monastery - Original Baroque Cabinets, Prague

The Strahov Monastery and Library

Strahov Monastery and Library Prague Strahov Monastery is a Premonstratensian abbey founded in 1143 by Bishop Jindřich Zdík, Bishop John of Prague, and Duke Vladislav II. It is located in Strahov, Prague, Czech Republic. One of the most important architectural monuments in the Czech Republic. The Strahov monastery, which was renewed in 1990, also houses the Museum of National Literature, part of the monastery is famous Strahov library and picture gallery.   The Basilica of Assumption of Our Lady Originally Romanesque Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary from the second half of the 12th century was rebuilt in Gothic style after a fire in 1258. The current Baroque appearance of the basilica is the work of Italian architect Anselmo Lurago, who led the rebuilding after the 1742 and 1751 damaged during the French and Prussian bombardment of Prague. The […]
April 25, 2017
View of Prague Castle from the Charles Bridge

5 interesting facts about Prague Castle

5 interesting facts about Prague Castle 1/  The Prague castle buildings represent virtually every architectural style of the last millennium. 2/ Check list of the most important buildings of Prague Castle: Churches: – Basilica of St George – St. Vitus Cathedral – St. George’s Basilica, Prague and St. George’s Convent, which is the oldest surviving church building within Prague Castle. – All Saints Church – Holy Cross Chapel Palaces: – Old Royal Palace – Belvedere or Royal Summer Palace – Lobkowicz Palace – New Royal Palace Other buildings: – Daliborka (Dalibor Tower) – Powder Tower or Mihulka – Golden Lane – Supreme Burgrave’s House – Ball Game Hall – Riding School building – Old Provost Residence – New Provost Residence 3/ The Rolling Stones paid to light the Prague Castle! The iconic rock group played one of Prague’s first international concerts […]
April 20, 2017
Tower Park Praha

TOWER PARK PRAHA – TV TOWER

TOWER PARK PRAHA – TV TOWER Tower park Praha – TV Tower: Unquestionably the main landmark of the Žižkov district, at 216 m in height, it’s also the tallest building in the city. With a 360° view, Prague is laid out before your eyes from the viewing platform at 97 m. One entire floor is dedicated to relaxation and above all to top quality gourmet experiences. The architects Václav Aulický and Jiří Kozák designed the tower in the 1980s. Ten giant sculptures of babies by leading Czech artist David Černý crawl all over the outside of the tower. The Observatory floor consists of 3 cabins with 1 connecting room, here visitors may watch an interesting film about the history of the Žižkov Television Tower from its very beginnings up to this day. Each of the cabins is thematically different and they […]
April 20, 2017
Royal Canonry at Strahov

Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov

The Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians The Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov is one of the oldest monasteries of the Premonstratensian Order in the world. It has been a working monastery practically ever since it was founded in 1143. Fire, the Hussite Wars, religious wars, and the Communists all failed to shut down this institution. Even when the members of the monastery were unable to live within its walls, they gathered wherever they could and nurtured the spirit of their House until they were able to return to the monastery complex. Besides its spiritual services and abbey life, Strahov Abbey also plays a role in the cultural life of society. The famous Strahov Library and the reopened Strahov Picture Gallery are cultural institutions proving to the world that the Strahov Premonstratensians have always cared for the development of culture and […]
April 12, 2017
Prague Easter 2017

Prague Easter 2017

Prague Easter 2017
January 19, 2017
Charles Bridge from the Bridge Tower

Interesting information about Charles Bridge

The Charles Bridge has mathematical significance Charles IV laid the first stone of this famous monument at 5.31 am on July 9, 1357. The notoriously superstitious king was into astrology and numerology, and chose this date because of its written form: 1-3-5-7-9-7-5-3-1 (year, day, month, time). Add this information to the stunning views and saintly statues, and Charles Bridge is clearly a required item on any list of what to see in Prague. The 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 Old Town Bridge Tower is often […]
November 21, 2016
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Charles Bridge at night

View of the Charles Bridge from The Charles Bridge Tower.
November 19, 2016
The entrance of St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle

St. Vitus Cathedral

St. Vitus Cathedral St. Vitus Cathedral is the most important Czech Catholic church and landmark of Prague Castle. It is the largest and the most important temple in Prague. Apart from religious services, coronations of Czech kings and queens also took place here. The cathedral is a place of burial of several patron saints, sovereigns, noblemen and archbishops. History: Although completed in the 15th century, St. Vitus Cathedral was altered numerous times through the centuries as the city’s allegiances changed. And while interior renovations are ongoing, there’s still much worth seeing, including numerous fine tombs, the Gothic northern portal with its Crucifixion sculpture, early Baroque altarpiece paintings dating from 1649, and one of Europe’s finest 17th-century pipe organs. The cathedral includes many important artistic monuments from different centuries, including the period of completion, the most important are the works from the Gothic […]