the Charles Bridge build in...
the Charles Bridge build in the 15th century. Very impressive with some magnificent views of the city. The bridge is very lively during day and night. But at night you might come across a costume parade as I did. The participants were dressed up to resemble some alien look-like animals. It was fun to guess what it was!
Usefull web sites
(information about Prague & Czech Republic)
www.pmg.cz Prague Metropolis Guide
www.prague-city.cz Prague Information
www.observer.cz Tourist Information about Prague
www.a-zprague.cz Guide from A-Z
www.pis.cz Prague Information Service
www.hrad.cz Prague Castle
www.prague-tribune.cz The Czech Business Magazine
www.gurman.cz A selection of Prague Restaurants
www.praguefinedining.cz Selected restaurants
www.dp-praha.cz Public transportation in Prague
www.csa.cz Czech Airlines
www.cdrail.cz Information about trains in the Czech Republic
The Golem of Prague
"Look! There it is again!," I exclaim to my friends while pointing towards a book cover. "There what is?," they ask. "That monster!," I answer excitedly.
Anyone who knows me knows that I have a nearly unhealthy fascination with all things creepy--witches, ghosts, vampires, and yes--monsters. Trust me to be the one person out our little crew that sees three separate images of a strange looking creature in the same day and somehow ties it all together. "Prague has a monster!" I'm beside myself with glee reading the book's cover, "The Prague Golem"!
The story goes that in the 16th Century, after some antisemitic attacks in Prague, a Jewish rabbi named Rabbi Judah Loew, made a giant man out of clay from the banks of the Vltava River. The Rabbi brought the clay man (a "golem") to life using an ancient Hebrew spell and ordered it to protect the Jewish Ghetto. Things were fine for a little while but the Golem eventually went berserk and started killing all non-Jews it came across while it was out on patrol. To make matters worse, it kept getting bigger and bigger in size. The Emperor at the time pleaded with the Rabbi to stop the monster and in return he would ensure that no more harm would come to the ghetto. Rabbi Loew agreed, deactivated the Golem, and locked the clay man away in a synagogue attic--in case it was ever needed again.
Needless to say, when the Nazis invaded Prague 400 years later, they were terrified that the Golem legend might be true and they went looking for the creature. Stories say that some of the Nazi soldiers found it too--and they were all killed at the hands of the beast.
The monster is usually depicted as a giant, round, reddish-brown man with straps or chains around his torso. Its story has made it an icon of Prague--you can buy T-shirts, paintings, postcards, and little keychains with rubber Golems on the ends. A giant statue of the Golem now stands at the entrance to the city's Jewish Quarter.
To this day, nobody is allowed inside the attic of the Old-New Synagogue in the former ghetto. ...And that makes me want to see what's in there more than anything!
Svata Hora (Holy Mountain)
Svata Hora is a shrine in Pribram, a small town, just under an hour's drive from Prague. (60km southwest of Prague).
From the town centre you can climb the steps leading up to Svata Hora, which are all under cover, but there are about 365 of them and stretch for one mile. It is worth it when you get to the top though as it is beautiful. Another way of getting to Svata Hora is a short hike through woods to the gate. The shrine was reconstructed in the 17th Century in Italianate Baroque style with ornate decoration and salmon pink and cream in colour. Apart from the basilica there is also a museum and a small market selling souvenirs.
Across from the Clock
There is a building across from the clock that has this statue on it. If you look directly opposite of the tower you'll see it. There are all kinds of interesting statues, coat of arms, and engravings on buildings throughout Prague.