Prague Journals

Immersing Yourself in Prague

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An October 2005 trip to Prague by LenR

Old Town Historic Center of Prague Photo, Prague, Czech Republic More Photos
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Old Town Historic Center of Prague

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Attraction | "Old Town Square"

Old Town Historic Center of Prague Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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The Old Town of Prague is spread along the right bank of the Vltava River and around the Old Town Square. The pattern of streets and squares has remained largely unaltered since the Middle Ages. It is an area we kept returning to time after time because there was just so much to see and do.The first settlements on the site of the Old Town for which there is any historical evidence date from the 10th century. According to a contemporary report, a large market place with numerous stone houses covered the site of the present Old Town Square. As the years went by, this market place was fortified with a city wall in the early 13th century. Unfortunately, there is no evidence of this today as far ...Read More

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Old Town Historic Center of Prague
Staromestske Namesti
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00

St. Nicholas Church

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Attraction | "Tyn Church and St. Nicholas Church"

St. Nicholas Church Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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The spires of Our Lady before Tyn church dominate the old town as much as St. Nicholas dominates Mala Strana (Lesser Quarter). The best view of the exterior is from the Town Hall Tower and here you get a good glimpse of its "Walt Disney" style spires and turrets. To gain access from the Old Town Square you walk via the arcade of the Týn school. Because the church does not actually front Old Town Square, I was not prepared for its over powering presence from the square. I first saw the church in the evening when lights shining on it gave it almost an enchanted glow. From when I first saw the towers until the time I left Prague this church kept fascinating me. The Tyn church was built in 1365 ...Read More

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St. Nicholas Church
Old Town Square
Prague, Czech Republic 11000
420 2 232 2589

Powder Tower

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Attraction | "Powder Tower and Municipal House"

Powder Tower Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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The Powder Tower is the gateway to the Royal Route, which leads through the Old Town, over Charles Bridge to the castle. Until 1836, this route was used by the Bohemian Monarchs on the way to their coronation in the St. Vitus Cathedral at the Prague Castle.The 65m tall Gothic Powder Tower was a surprise to me as I had not heard of it before going to Prague. It was built in 1475 during the reign of King Vladislav II at the site of an 11th century gate, one of Prague's 13 original city gates. The master builder Matous Rejsek constructed an ornate tower based on the 14th century Old Town Bridge Tower. Originally the tower was known as the Mountain Tower, but ever since the structure was used as...Read More

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Powder Tower
Namesti Republiky
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00
+420 2 724 063 723

Wenceslas Square

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Attraction | "Wenceslas Square and Statue"

Wenceslas Square Photo,
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Less a square than a boulevard, Wenceslas Square is a very long (750m) rectangle. The street slopes upward to the southeast end where the grand neoclassical Czech National Museum stands. The northwest end is the border between the New Town and the Old Town.The museum end of the street is dominated by a mounted statue of Saint Wenceslas, made by Josef Václav Myslbek in 1887–1924. Unfortunately, the statue was covered with scaffolding when I visited so it had lost much of its appeal. Wenceslas is the good king Vaclav from the Christmas carol, who was murdered by his brother over a thousand years ago, and who over the years has become the national hero. The image of Saint Wenceslas is accompani...Read More

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Wenceslas Square
Vaclavske namesti
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00

National Museum

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National Museum Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Oct-Apr: Daily 9am-5pmMay-Sep: Daily 10am-6pmClosed first Tuesday of the monthDominating the top of Wenceslas Square in Prague is the monumental neo-renaissance building, the National Museum. Designed by Josef Schultz as an architectural symbol of the Czech National Revival, this is the largest and oldest Czech museum. The National Museum sits on the site of the former Horse Gate. Construction started in 1818 and was completed in 1891. The Museum houses over 14 million artifacts covering all aspects of science and history. There are permanent exhibitions divided into five categories: Primeval history of Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia, Mineralogy, Zoology, Paleontology and an Ant...Read More

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National Museum
Vaclavske namesti, 68
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00
+420 2 2449 7111