Favorite thing: I liked Prague, it's a beautiful ancient city with a lot of tourist's attractions, moreover you can enjoy shopping , visit Aquapark, Zoo, there you can find many cozy cafes and restaraunts . But to my mind people are not so friendly...
The Czech Republic is part of the European Union. However, they are not using the Euro. They use their own currency the Crown or Koruna. So, I found that using my bank debit card to get cash at an ATM machine was really the best conversion even though there are many currency exchange shops throughout the city.
The bank that seem to have the best exchange is Ceská sporitelna .
Church of St.James is a beautiful yet sometimes overlooked church. It is easy to miss as it is very unassuming from the outside.
The church was built in the 13th century for the Franciscans presbytery, destroyed in a fure in 1689, rebuilt in the Baroque architecture style with the addition of over 20 altars.
There is also a mummified forearm of a jewel thief, who tried to steal from the high altar, to the right of the entrance.
Another pride of the church is a magnificent organ from 1702.
Fondest memory: It is free to visit after 2:00
Mala Stupartska – Prague 1
It's in two streets away from the Old Town Square: Walk from the Old Town Square to Tynska street, then continue through the Ungelt. Mala Stupartska street is behind the Ungelt.
This house has some of the oldest foundations in the Old Town. The oldest parts of the walls in the basement are from the turn of 12th and 13th centuries.
The house was restored in 1984-1986 and now it is one of the most picturesque ones in the Old Town.
Fondest memory: At the Golden Well (or At the Red Chair) has undergone many reconstructions throughout the centuries, its current appearance is Renaissance with a rich Baroque front wall from 1701. Stucco figures represent St. Wenceslas, St. Jan of Nepomuk, St. Roch, St. Sebastian, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Francis Xavier and St. Rosalia. They are revered as protectors against the plague.
According to legend the headless figures of two Spanish noblemen, murdered for money by the owner of the house, appear here at night.
Karlova Street 3/175, Old Town
Fountains used to be the main source of drinking water in Prague. More than 400 fountains existed in Prague in the 19th century, more than 70 being public and the rest private.
Some of them:
- The Singing Fountain at Belvedere
- Venus Fountain in the Wallenstein Garden
- Eagle Fountain in the Third Courtyard of PragueCastle
- Fountain with St. George figure in the Third Courtyard of PragueCastle
- Well in the Second Courtyard of Prague Castle
- Kohl Fountain in the Second Courtyard of PragueCastle
- Fountain in Male Square (Old Town)
- Fountain below the National Museum ramp
- Fountain in Anenske Square (Prague 1 – Old Town)
- The Trapdoor of Time (Kinskych Square)
- Kranner's Fountain
- The Proudy by David Cerny in front of Kafka Museum in Lesser Town.
Fondest memory: The fountain below the National Museum ramp: (1890) has a sculpted group called Tschechia and an allegory of Czech rivers by Antonín Wagner. The fountain basins are made of Hradec Kralove sandstone, red Skandinavian granite and yellow Untersberg marble.
We really like Prague lamp posts. There are lots of intricate styles in Prague.
Fondest memory: At pisture #3 you can see eight branched cast-iron lamp-post of public gaslight, one from the 16 lamp-posts installed in Prague in 1860´s and one of the two that were preserved.
There were 11 four branched, 55 three branched and 557 single lamp-posts in Prague.
The eight branched lamp-posts are the most valuable ones from the artistic point of view. They were casted by Komarov iron works in 1867-1868.
The Prague City Hall intends to re-introduce gas lamp-posts (usually replicas) along the whole Royal Route.
David Cerny is a famous Czech artist, and has many sculptures around Prague, this one is one of his most famous. It's call the Proudy and also known as a “P i s s Sculpture”.
“The idea is disarmingly simple. Two bronze sculptures pee into their oddly-shaped enclosure (actually it’s the shape of the Czech Republic).
While they are peeing, the two figures move realistically. An electric mechanism driven by a couple of microprocessors swivels the upper part of the body, while the bottom goes up and down. The stream of water writes quotes from famous Prague residents.
Fondest memory: Visitor can interrupt them by sending SMS message from mobile phone to a number, displayed next to the sculptures (+420 724 370 770). The living statue then “writes” the text of the message, before carrying on as before.” Chaymation
You can see this sculpture in front of Kafka Museum in Lesser Town.
This Baroque house used to be a luxurious hotel. The guests included the Danish and Greek queens, kings of Saxony and Hannover, in 1848 the Russian anarchist M. Bakunin (1814-1876) stayed there.
Fondest memory: Nowdays it's Hotel Barselo. Some of the cellars have a Gothic character, some rooms on the groundfloor have late Classicist vaults.
Celetna Street 29/588, Old Town
This department store was buildt in 1911-1912 in Cubism style in place of a demolished Baroque house At the Black Madonna. The house was carefully designed with respect for the neighbouring historical buildings of the Old Town.
Fondest memory: The new building took over the house sign from its predecessor, the Baroque statue of a black Madonna with a baby behind a golden grille was incorporated into the modern house.
Celetna Street 34/569, Old Town
This sandstone statuary was created during 1929-1935 and erected in 1938. It is the youngest statue on Charles Bridge. It shows the Slavic apostles St. Cyril and St. Methodius and symbolizes their mission and the idea of Slavic unity.
Fondest memory: t is the only statue on the bridge that was paid for by the government.
One of the most important buildings in the New Town, New Town Hall, is situated at the corner of Vodickova Street and Charles Square (Karlovo namesti). It used to be the administrative centre of Prague's New Town Quarter, or Nove Mesto until 1784.
The construction of the town hall began in 1377 and was finished in 1418 and later has been rebuilt several times. The most significant reconstruction of the town hall took place in 1904 - 1905. The last reconstruction took place in 1976 - 1996.
In 1962, the New Town Hall was declared a national cultural monument.
The Gothic corner tower was built in the second half of the 14th century. There is a chapel in the tower that was Gothic originally, but changed in Baroque style in the first half of the 18th century.
Openig hours of the tower:
April - October
10 - 18 Tuesday - Sunday
This giant (75-foot-tall (23 m)), functional metronome situated in Letna Park and could be seen from the Vltava River and bridges.
It was erected in 1991 and symbolizes the long struggle against Soviet control.
Before 1962 enormous monument to former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin was on this place.
Fondest memory: The area behind the metronome is a popular skatespot. Also the area provides some of the best views of one of Europe’s most charming cities.
Nabrezi Edvarda Benese 337/8, 118 00 Prague 1-Holesovice
This majestic Palace in Roman Baroque style was built in 1689-91. There are statues of Ancient Greek gods the attic and the statue of St. Michael on the corner.
Since 1718 the palace was owned by dukes of Tuscany.
Fondest memory: Inside the palace there are ceilings with fresco decorations from around 1700.
At present time the palace is owned by the state and is used by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
Hradcanske Square 5/182 (Loretanska Street 2/182), Hradcany
This important cultural monument of the modern architecture (1923 - 1924) was designed by architect Josef Zasche. Rondocubism style was selected.
In 1996 - 1998 the whole palace was reconstructed. The palace is owned by the Capital City of Prague.
Fondest memory: The building has 8 above-the-ground and 3 underground floors.
The building faces the shorter side to Narodni trida, with the terrace on the first floor. Longer wall faces Jungmannova Street.
At the centre of the front wall to Narodni trida is located neo-classicist metal Adria sculpture (1927) on a ledge sill. It is 5 meters high and weighs 3-4 tons and is probably the biggest galvanoplastic statue in the world.
Radnièní stairs connect the upper end of Nerudova Street with Hradcanske Square.
Stairs were built in place of a narrow, steep track and connected to Prague Castle ramp.
Fondest memory: The bottom of Radnièní stairs is decorated by two Baroque sculptures: a statue of St. John of Nepomuk from 1709 and statue of St. Joseph with a little baby Jesus in his arms (1714).
Both statues were originally located on Hradcany Square in front of the Schwarzenberg Palace.
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