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    Hradcany - Radnieni stairs

    by kris-t Updated Sep 29, 2013

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    Favorite thing: 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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    Hradcany - Hradcany Town Hall

    by kris-t Updated Sep 29, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Hradcany Town Hall was built after 1598 when Hradcany became a royal town.

    Hradcany Town Hall has served its original purpose until 1784 when individual Prague towns were united into into one city of Prague. Afterwards the Town Hall was converted into a residential house.

    Fondest memory: The portal bears the Hradcany emblem.

    In the basement of the Town Hall there is a fragment of the former Gothic town fortifications.

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    Hradcany - Martinic Palace

    by kris-t Updated Sep 29, 2013

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    Favorite thing: This Baroque palace with alcove-like roof extension was built in 1702-05 for the viceroy of Naples Jiri Adam of Martinice.

    Fondest memory: Martinic Palace is a unique example of Roman architectur in Prague.

    From 1837 a military hospital was located there. In 1960 an ensign of the Castle Guards moved there and the palace still serves as its dormitory.

    Hradcany

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    Hradcany - Plague Column of Virgin Mary

    by kris-t Updated Sep 29, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Baroque Plague Column of Virgin Mary (Marian Column) situated in the centre of Hradcany Square in a small park.

    It was built by Hradcany Town Hall to thank for the end of plague epidemy which was troubling Prague towns in 1713-14.

    Fondest memory: The central statue was replaced by a copy in 1894, the original is stored in the Lapidarium of the National Museum.

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    Hradcany - Archbishop's Palace

    by kris-t Updated Sep 29, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Archbishop's Palace was built in the 1660´s by the first post-Hussite Prague archbishop Antonín Brus of Mohelnice, converted from a Renaissance Gryspek Palace. It was expanded in 1599-1600 (a chapel with frescoes was added) and barocized in 1676.

    The Archbishop Palace has served as a seat of the Prague’s archbishops since 1562. Nowadays it is the seat of Catholic Church in Prague.

    Fondest memory: Archbishop's Palace is one of the most significant late Baroque buildings in Prague.

    Palace is situated on the north side of the square right by Prague Castle.

    Hradcanske Square 16/56, Hradcany

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    Hradcany - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk

    by kris-t Updated Sep 29, 2013

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    Favorite thing: This group of sandstone statues, statue of St. John of Nepomuk with two angels (1752), situated in the centre of Pohorelec square.

    John of Nepomuk (c. 1345 - 1393) is a national saint of the Czech Republic, who was drowned in the Vltava river at the behest of Wenceslaus, King of the Romans and King of Bohemia.

    John of Nepomuk is considered the first martyr of the Seal of the Confessional, a patron against calumnies and protector from floods.

    Fondest memory: The statue were transferred to Pohorelec square in 1846 from Hradcany Square where they used to stand by the end of Kanovnicka street.

    Pohorelec, Hradcany

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    Hradcany - The Wide Court

    by kris-t Updated Sep 29, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Eastern side of Pohorelec is closed up by the Trauttmansdorf House, sometimes called the Wide Court.

    In the 15th century this house used to be a large inn with stables.

    Fondest memory: An early Baroque portal and roof gables renovated after 1741 were preserved.

    Pohorelec 26/110 (Loretanske Square 4/110, Uvoz Street 44/110), Hradcany

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    Hradcany - At the Golden Apple

    by kris-t Updated Sep 29, 2013

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    Favorite thing: An other 15th-century Renaissance house with Baroque reconstruction (1688) and Classicist alteration.

    House is located just below Prague Castle and offering for rent historic rooms and apartments which come with original parquet flooring, high ceilings. Apartments (Golden Apple Apartments) also have a fully equipped kitchen.

    Fondest memory: This house has two names: At the Golden Apple and At the Three Farmers; original vaults and the house sign were preserved.

    Úvoz Street 26/159, Hradcany

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    Hradcany - Hospital of St. Elizabeth

    by kris-t Updated Sep 29, 2013

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    Favorite thing: The early Baroque building with the cross is the former hospital of St. Elizabeth which was founded in 1668 by the Strahov Monastery abbot as a substitute for the original hospital (it was knocked down during the construction of Baroque fortification of Prague).

    This building with a two-way staircase has a high gable imitating church buildings, its sculptural decorations (incl the Pietà statue) were created in 1726.

    Fondest memory: The wall of the Strahov garden runs down from the hospital building.

    The house was completely renovated in 2002 to provide comfortable rooms with a romantic charm to tourists. It's 4 star Hotel Questenberk Prague.

    Úvoz Street 15/155, Hradcany (just a short distance from Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral).

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    Hradcany - Schwarzenberg Palace

    by kris-t Updated Sep 29, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Schwarzenberg (Lobkowicz) Palace is one of the principal monuments of Czech (or Bohemian) Renaissance period - a connection of Italian models and Bohemian tradition.

    It was built built in 1545-67 on the site of four houses that burned down during a fire of the Lesser Town.

    The facade with gables are all covered with sgraffito, inspired by North Italian graphic models in 1567.

    Fondest memory: It is one of the best preserved palaces in Prague. Inside the palace painted panel ceilings from 1580 are displaying ancient Greek gods and allegorical characters. Panel ceilingswere preserved in the halls on the second floor.

    The palace maintained its original look both on the outside and inside.

    It houses a museum with Baroque Bohemian art. It's to the public:
    Tu - Su 10 - 18

    Admission:
    150 Cz, reduced 80 Cz
    Hradcanske namesti 2, Hradcany, Prague 1

    Nearest public transport station: Pohoelec

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    Love and Peace flower

    by kris-t Written Sep 28, 2013

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    Favorite thing: This red poppy sculpture is designed by Ana Tzarev for her Love & Peace campaign and carries a global message of love, peace and understanding.

    Fondest memory: This is huge fibreglass flower. As we know it took the craftsmen 1 month just to polish the surface before they put on a coat of red and 6 hrs to put together its 7 interlocking portions.

    May 2013 - August 2013: Nova Scena Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

    http://www.lovepeaceflower.com/

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    Petrin Hill - Cathedral of Saint Lawrence

    by kris-t Updated Sep 25, 2013

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    Favorite thing: This Cathedral with two tall slender towers in the forefront, baroque semicircular windows and a typical onion dome standing at the top of Petrin hill in the Lesser Town. With its altitude of 327 metres above sea level this was the highest place in Prague for a long time.

    It was originally a Romanesque church, later rebuilt in Baroque style.

    Fondest memory: Since 1994 the whole complex of buildings is used by the Old Catholic Church in the Czech Republic, and since 1995 the church of Saint Lawrence is the cathedral of the Old Catholic Church.

    Note: Closed to the public.

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    Hunger Wall

    by kris-t Written Sep 25, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Hunger Wall is one of the well preserved structures in Prague dating back to the 14th century. This defensive wall going from Strahov across Petrin Park to Ujezd, visible from many parts of Prague.

    It used to serve as the fortification for more than 500 years (1362-1848).

    Fondest memory: The wall used to have eight bastions. The bastion behind the Stefanik Observation on Petrin Hill offers a nice view of Prague.

    The best view of the wall is from Ujezd in the Lesser Town.

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    Lesser Town - Plague Column

    by kris-t Updated Sep 22, 2013

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    Favorite thing: The Plague Column of the Holiest Trinity in the upper part of the Lesser Town Square was erected in 1715 by townsmen in gratitude for the end of a terrible plague epidemic which has been inflicted on Prague two years before.

    Fondest memory: Twenty metres high column is formed by a sandstone obelisk inlaid with marble, there is the symbol of the Eye of Providence placed on top.

    Above the statues of Czech patrons (St. Wenceslas, St. Ludmila, St. Procopius, St. John of Nepomuk and St. Adalbert) there is the Holiest Trinity: the statues of Jesus Christ, Father-God and the Holy Spirit as a dove.

    Malostranské Square, Lesser Town

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    Monument of Charles IV

    by kris-t Updated Sep 20, 2013

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    Favorite thing: This Neo-Gothic bronze statue of Charles IV was unveiled in the centre of the square in 1848 on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the foundation of Charles University.

    Fondest memory: The main statue of the memorial is the figure of the ruler in a royal outfit with a crown on his head. In his right hand he holds the founding document of the university.

    On the pedestal there are four allegorical statues of the university faculties at that time (artistic, theological, law and medicine) and statues of important personalities of Charles‘ court.

    Køižovnické Square, Old Town

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