Prague is well known as the golden city of hundred spires because of its Gothic style Cathedral of Saint Vitus, the Tyn Cathedral, also known as Church of our Lady, and all of the beautiful towers, spires, and churches. The Gothic architectures that turned blackish by time and Bohemian atmosphere makes Prague a very interesting place to visit. Nowadays, Prague is like the Paris on the 18th century. While Paris at present becomes modern in structure, Prague still preserving the buildings and old town areas.
St. Wenceslas Vineyard is located on the southern slope of the Old castle of Prague with a very well preserved piece of land in thwe middle of the city that offers a panoramic view of the Old Town. It is one of the oldest vineyards in Czech cultivated by prince Wenceslas on the 10th century. The upper ridge is the way to the Prague Castle.
Prague castle is a UNESCO world heritage site that consist various palaces and buildings such as gardens, cathedrals, residences and alleyways. Buildings with different architectural styles from Gothic to Baroque to Romanesque styles on the 10th century and has been renovated many times on the 13th century. to According to the Guinness Book of World records, the Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, with an area of almost 70,000m. It is the largest ancient castle in the world.
Most of the castle areas are open to tourists. Nowadays, the castle houses several museums, including the National Gallery collection of Bohemian baroque and mannerism art, exhibition dedicated to Czech history, Toy Museum, churches, monasteries, shops and restaurants.
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vitus, Wenceslaus and Adalbert was built on the 13th century with a Gothic architecture and the biggest, most important church in the country. It is a Roman Catholic cathedral located within the Prague castle and contains the tombs of great Bohemian Kings and Holy Emperors.
This is my favorite area in Prague, the Old Town Square. It is a historic square where you can find the Gothic Tyn Church, baroque St. Nicholas Church, the Astronomical Clock, Statues , entertainers, musicians, segways, cafes and restaurants, massage parlors, atm machines, currency exchange, wax museum, all sort of shops, etc.
According to the history of Prague, the square’s center is home to a statue of religious reformer Jan Hus, who for his beliefs was burned at the stake in Constance. The statue known as the Jan Hus Memorial was erected on July 6, 1915 to mark the 500th anniversary of his death. The square is also home to a memorial to martyrs (including Jan Jesenius and Maxmilián Hošťálek) beheaded on that spot during the Old Town Square execution after the Battle of White Mountain.
Walking around the Old town makes me wonder in amazement of the classic European way of living which can be seen to its preserved buildings that some serves as a hotel, art galleries and restaurants. Here are few of the buildings that caught my attention:
The Storch House (No.16) is also called “At the Stone Virgin Mary”. It has a beautiful facade adorned with figurative paintings, depicting St. Wenceslas (the patron of Bohemia) and the three Magi, designed by Mikolas Ales in the 19 th century. (Source: Prague.Cz)
The house can be found in the neighbourhood of the Old Town Hall area. In core, it is late-Gothic from the beginning of the 15th century; it was modified in Renaissance style after 1564. At the end of the 16th century, the owners added a low third floor to the originally two-storied house, terminated by a mighty lunette cornice. In late Baroque, the position of windows was changed several times. The house is a typical example of Bohemian burgess Renaissance architecture. Before 1712, the house was owned by MatÄ›j Bartl, who ran a pharmacy here. Back then the house was called At the White Lion. From the end of the 18th century on, there was a house emblem in a form of a Classicist sculpture of a white lion. The sculpture of the lion still decorates the corner of the house today. The later name, At the Minute (U Minuty), is derived from the word minutious, i.e. very small, tiny, and it documented the fact that tobacco used to be sold here.(Source: Prague.eu)
Was a former palace built during 17th century in Rococo style or Baroque style located also in old town and at present is the building of National gallery, art & museum.
The place was a former Romanesque church on 17th century. The new city hall was constructed on the 19century with an Art Nouveau design. Today, it serves as a residence for local government officials of Prague.
This is one of the finest Art Nouveau building in Europe. A royal Court Palace once stood on this palace. The Municipal House opened in 19th century and at present the home of Czech National Symphony Orchestra. It has magnificent complex rooms, a concert hall, and a restaurant and one of the main attraction in republic Square that stands next to the Powder Tower.
So many things to do, to see in Prague…