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"the looking-up" city - Historic Prague

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An October 2001 trip to Prague by travelprone

Vysehrad Castle Photo, Prague, Czech Republic More Photos
Quote: Step back into Vysehrad, the old castle grounds with the National Cemetery and Slavin, and enjoy a quieter Prague free of the crowds elsewhere. And visit the Technological Museum to see Czech achievements in science and technology that rival their well-known achievements in music.

"the looking-up" city - Historic Prague

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Overview

The Tabor Gate entrance Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Visit Vysehrad to escape from the Old Town and Hradcany hordes,let alone the tour crowds at the synagogues.Well-worth your while, a tour of the National Technological Museum will astound you with its examples of Czech scientific and technological expertise. As you stroll through the National Cemetery and the Slavin, note names unfamiliar to you and research them later.Vysehrad offers stunning views to the north of Hradcany, as well as the Vlatava River.Quick Tips: Spend most of your time just strolling around the historic remnants at Vysehrad. Take in the views; read the tombstones at the cemetery and at the Slavin section. Prague can be so overwhelming that a little "down tim...Read More

Slavin & The National Cemetery

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Attraction | "Slavin & The_National Cemetery"

Slavin  & The National Cemetery Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Cemeteries have always attracted me. The National Cemetery is very special to the Czech people for its cultural giants are buried there- it's the Pere Lachaise of Prague. Several of the names were familiar to me -Dvorak, Smetana, Capek, and Mucha- but some like Wechterle were not. When we visited the Technological Museum we learned he invented the contact lens -a boon for many the world over. And of course, I encountered the name of Emma Destinova again (first encounter was the JBClub's claim to be the birthplace of Emma Destinova). My itch to research was again activated by seeing her name in the walled pantheon (Slavin) of departed VIPs in this cemetery and I resolved to find out who she...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 31, 2002

Slavin & The National Cemetery
Vysehrad behind Sts.Peter & Paul Church
Prague, Czech Republic

Vysehrad Castle

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Attraction | "Vysehrad"

Vysehrad Castle Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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In the off-season, in mid-October, many of the leaves of trees had already fallen, but the grass was still very green and lush in contrast to the sparseness on the trees. You were free to roam around and poke into things with nary a guard in sight, though we did see laborers working on various reconstruction and maintenance projects throughout the park. According to myth this is where the first dynasty of Czech monarchy established itself - the Premysl. Statues in the park of the first princess Libuse and her Premysl spouse lend a romantic air to the place. Under the astounding Charles IV the coronation ritual of the monarch's beginning here and going in procession to the "new Castle" was esta...Read More

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Vysehrad Castle
Sobeslavova, 1
Prague, Czech Republic 128 00
+420 (2) 2492 0735

National Technical Museum

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Attraction | "National Technology Museum"

National Technical Museum Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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It's basically a resounding testimony to Czech expertise in technology as it focuses upon the many accomplishments of the Czechs especially before World War Two. They dominated in the development of photography and in cinematographic equipment ; also Czech factories produced many modern marvels in locomotion. Here we "discovered "Wechterle, the inventor of the contact lens. Most of the guides are elderly Czechs and were unduly alarmed when we tried to exit via what was signed in Czech (which we can't read) as a staff exit. We were pushed towards the "correct" exit. This didn't offend us as we understood these people had endured more than 30 years of emphasis on "correct" behavior. No awkward m...Read More

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National Technical Museum
Kostelni, 42
Prague 7, Czech Republic 17000
+420 2 3337 4641.

Who was Emma Destinova ?

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Sts Peter & Paul Basilica at Vysehrad- Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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The epitome of Bohemian,geographically and temperamentally,her real name was Emilia Pavlina Venceslava Kittova (what a mouthful!), but she adopted her music teacher's last name professionally when she became an opera singer. She performed frequently in Berlin, Bayreuth, London's Covent Garden and at the Metropolitan in New York. Having studied both piano and violin, she could sight-read any music rapidly and learned new roles speedily. Emma was fluent in German, Italian, French and English. She had many "firsts" -she was the first to sing Senta in The Flying Dutchman,she starred as Cio-Cio-San in the London premiere of "Madame Butterfly", she sang "Aida" at the Met debut of Arturo Toscaninni,and sang...Read More